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Local Student Honored By Johns Hopkins University

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Lily Compton of Friday Harbor, daughter of proud mother Victorian Compton, was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Lily is a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions.

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High Winds A'coming


The National Weather Service is forecasting high westerly winds for later on Tuesday in the eastern parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This could mean gusts of up to 50mph in some island locations later on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Island residents and visitors, especially those out on the water, should keep an eye on the forecast and conditions on Tuesday. NWS Special Weather Statement:

Old & Young Alike & A Sunny Day


And The Winners Are:

5-8 year old - Ben Baisch, first; Lyla Ovenell, second; Kate & Mac Douglass, third; Porter PJ Nixon, fourth
9-12 year old - Billy Mountford, first; Patrick Wagner, second; Oliver McEwan, third; Natalie Morton, fourth
16-adult- Jeff Gull, first; Michael Seibert, second; Steve Dyer, third; Robert Benedict, fourth

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Last year's inaugural Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race was such a blast it was decided to make it an annual affair. Super fun for the young and old and spectators alike.

Still "Exceptional" Water Quality In The County

An annual evaluation of water qualityin San Juan County has once again found that all eight commercial harvesting areas in San Juan County showed exceptional water quality, resulting in no County closures.

In contrast, statewide this year, six of the 105 commercial harvesting areas were closed and 16 additional areas were listed as threatened due to bacterial pollution.

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Wild San Juan Lecture Series

The Whale Museum is joining forces with Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to host the "Wild San Juan" Series. The goal of the series is to learn more about wildlife, what's going on in nature, and how we can be better neighbors.

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Armed Forces Day


ig_Flag-DogTags-001 (125k image)Saturday was May 20 was Armed Forces Day honors all five military branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. . Armed Forces Day is always the third Saturday in May. Both Armed Forces Day and Armed Forces Week fall during Military Appreciation Month which includes Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), according to

FH Soap Box Race Returns Sunday

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They are back, Sunday, May 21, 2017, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM. Last year's inaugural Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race was such a blast we HAD to make this an annual affair. Super fun for the participants and spectators alike.

This year they will be zooming down Grover St. by the elementary school with their homemade gravity rigs (you've gotta see some of the cars!).

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Want A Dock? Patience &/Or Money Required

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During the real estate boom years of 2005 through 2007, waterfront homes on San Juan Island appreciated around 8-10% per year and homes with docks appreciated around 13%. Docks have always been a coveted property amenity as they truly allow easy access to boating; the reason many want to live on an island.

Many, many years ago, docks were easy to obtain and were often used for making a living such as fishing, crabbing, commercial boat use and marinas.

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43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival ( is the largest film festival in the United States, with more than 155,000 people attending each year. The 25-day event held each May is renowned for presenting over 400 new features, short films, and documentaries gathered from more than 85 countries.

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FH Free Cubside Pickup Under Way

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The Town of Friday Harbor’s offer of a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of May 15-19 has been a success so far.

Town Administrator Duncan Wilson said “Day two of the Town of Friday Harbor spring cleanup created two full loads.” Photo above

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Soroptimist Free Seminar For Women.

Back by popular demand, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is presenting the sixth annual free seminar for women. The seminar focuses on practical, but not always accessible, topics like legal issues, budgeting, and community resources.

“Practical Magic 2.0” will be held Saturday May 20, from 8:30 a.m. -" 2 p.m. at Skagit Valley College, Friday Harbor Campus.

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-- Guest Column --

“Medical Services PIMC Really Provides”

By Dr. Douglas R Tuttle

Let me be very clear, I support Planned Parenthood and the services it provides. However, in the midst of the exuberance of the agenda to provide funding for the organization on the island, some inaccuracies in fact have become "common knowledge."

First of all, elective abortions have never been offered on island.

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"Researching Our History"

From May 13, 2017 to May 20, 2017: A free workshop for anyone with a story to tell. Join members of the Writing "Our History Project" (WOHP) and their partners, History Link ( and the Orcas and San Juan island libraries and historical museums, for a workshop on the resources available for finding information about your favorite local history topic. The workshops are free to the public.

The workshop’s presenters are local WOHP writers who will discuss the tricks-of-the-trade that they use for finding information, including genealogy websites, and local, regional, state and national archives, maps and photographs.
Workshops Dates & Locations:

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New Director For Port Of Friday Harbor


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The Port of Friday Harbor commissioners have offered the directorship of the port to Todd Nicholson, of Castle Rock Washington. Mr. Nicholson is a West Point graduate in civil engineering, and served as an infantry Captain for five years in the Army. His last job was as the Manager of Civil Engineering for Bonneville Power, in Vancouver, WA.

Port Chair Barbara Marrett said Nicholson was the first choice of the advisory committee, and the vote was unanimous by the commissioners. A little side note of irony, Nicholson had planned to move to Friday Harbor even if he had not been selected, so as the popular saying goes: it is a win-win for all concerned.

Pocket Park Officially Opens


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The Town of Friday Harbor held their official dedication of the Spring Street Pocket Park on Wednesday with a cutting of a red ribbon held my some of the players involved in moving the 1st stage of the Sunshine Alley Draft plan forward.

The draft plan first saw light in 2014, but the final product far, wonderfully, exceeded the draft plans graphic depiction of what the improvement could look like, and the Town has, encouragingly, set the bar high as they move on to planning for the next stage.

Participate in “Natural Hazard Mitigation” Planning

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The San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is currently developing a "Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan". DEM is seeking input from members of the island community about potential ways to reduce the risk of injuries and damage from natural hazards.

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Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale Saturday

Hundreds of organic vegetable starts and perennials, all lovingly grown and nurtured by San Juan County Master Gardeners, will be on sale at the Mullis Center, Saturday May 13th at 9am - just in time for Mother’s Day!

The Master Gardeners choose vegetables they love. They love them because they grow well in our climate, often producing heavily and early.

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Spring Street & Price Street Resurfacing Underway

Richard Lawson Construction (RLC) will resurface the portion of Spring Street between Peace Island Hospital (near Airport Circle) and Marguerite Place on Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th. This work is intended to repair the road where trenching occurred in 2016 for the Water Transmission Line Replacement Project.

RLC will then resurface the portion of Price Street from Spring Street to Holli Place on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th.

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Inslee Signs Ranker's Outdoor Preschool Pilot Bill

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Sen. Kevin Ranker's bill to allow for outdoor preschools was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today with supporters, teachers and children in attendance. “I am very excited to create this opportunity to license full-time outdoor preschools, allowing children to learn and explore in the environment around them,” Ranker said. “This program will help children get outside at an early age, letting them learn and thrive outdoors while preparing for their future.”

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Washington at War (WWI)

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017, at 7:pm the San Juan Island Public Library presents historian Lorraine McConaghy, who will present a program about what occurred one-hundred years ago in 1917, a war that American entered to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington's homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward.

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SJCPHD#1 Meets Wednesday

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for a 5:00 pm. - Regular Meeting, at the Legislative Hearing Room located at 55 Second Street. Full agenda follows below:

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Family Nature Club

A free monthly outdoor exploration club for families will meet rain or shine for a National Trails Day Hike/ Participants will meet in the parking lot on the corner of West Valley Rd and Roche Harbor Rd at 1pm.

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Monument Advisory Committee Members Wanted

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until May 26, 2017.

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Special 3-day Candidate Filing Period

The following offices will be open during the three-day filing period:

Shaw Island School District #10 School Board Director #1
Port of Orcas Port Commissioner #2
San Juan County Cemetery District #3 Cemetery Commissioner #2
San Juan County Cemetery District #3 Cemetery Commissioner #3
Cape San Juan Water District Water Commissioner #2
Cape San Juan Water District Water Commissioner #3
Eastsound Sewer & Water District Sewer & Water Commissioner #5

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BUI Emphasis Patrols Started

State and local law enforcement agencies will join forces to conduct boating under the influence (BUI) emphasis patrols on waterways across Washington, from Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 19.

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Free Facebook Marketing Workshop

Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join the EDC to learn more about Facebook marketing at a FREE workshop on Wednesday, May 24th on Orcas Island.

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Orcas Call For Film Artists

Orcas Island Film Festival Open Call To Submit Short Film Projects. 3 winners will be awarded $5,000 each to make their films. The Festival will award grants of $5,000 to three filmmakers to explore the SJIs and use it as a canvas to create short films that inspire, inform and entertain. Submissions are being accepted from May 12th to June 2nd at midnight.

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FHH Needs "Evaluators"

he Community Service-Learning Projects class at Friday Harbor High School is a chance for juniors to explore their passions and strengths by designing a project with a community partner that addresses a need in the community. By designing and completing a meaningful project it is hoped that students will leave a lasting legacy for the school, community and themselves.

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-- Guest Column --

It's Filing Week

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We often assume that someone else is more qualified, somehow more secure, or more able to contribute. Perhaps this is part of why nearly 50 vacancies exist on government boards across the county. It's also filing week this week for a many public offices, from port districts to school boards to Lopez's new hospital district. Many will only see one applicant.

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FH Laboratories OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House. This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities.

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Flags At Half-Staff Monday

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In accordance with Flag Code section 7(m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, 2017. Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 15, 2017, in recognition of the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on May 15, 2017. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition. Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.

Lime Quarrying and Limemaking

Have you ever wondered how lime is made from limestone? Or gazed in wonder at the lime kilns scattered across our islands? Why, for that matter, is our State Park called Lime Kiln? Local architectural historian Boyd C. Pratt's new book Lime: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands tells all. Here are the blurbs:

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SJC Hospital Commissioners Special Meeting Friday

SJCPHD#1 Special Meeting/Work Session May 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. to be held at the Frank Wilson EMS Building.

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2nd Graders Kindness Rock Garden

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The 2nd graders at Friday Harbor Elementary school have joined the world wide movement to spread random acts of kindness. They gathered, designed and painted kindness rocks to inspire people. They placed the majority of the rocks at a Kindness Rock Garden located near the Friday Harbor ferry landing at Roy’s Island Buzz Drive-Thru. The Garden is now on a world wide MAP of Kindness rock gardens. Now people can look it up and come swap or take a rock. Click HERE for their blog,

FH Tour de FamilyOn Friday

Come join in on the bike fun with family bike rides, activities, free gear, and a bike swap; Friday, 12 May, 2017, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM at the new John O. Linde Community Park on Carter St.

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Women's Fund Awards 5 Grants

The Women's Fund is a Pooled-Donor Advised Fund held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, they were able to award five grants to local nonprofit organizations. 76 Women's Fund members voted to fund the following projects:

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Flood Risk Open House Wednesday

May 10th, 2017 open house from 2:00 PM (Presentation at 2:15) to 4:00 PM at the San Juan Council legislative hearing room 55 Second Street. Read more HERE

Free Boater Education Card

Course information: “Adventures in Boating,” 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, 13 May Saturday) Mullis Street Fire Station (1011 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor, WA)NO COST for course. Instructors from Sheriff’s Office & USCG Auxiliary.Bring a sack lunch. Reserve NOW by contacting David Tribolet at 376-3994 or

OPALCO Board Stays The Same

The successful candidates in the recent OPALCO board election are incumbents Vince Dauciunas and Mark Madsen.

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Jennifer Williams’ - Healing Waters

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Jennifer Williams’ - Healing Waters is a collection of landscape paintings offering an escape from our busy lives. In choosing this years theme of Healing Waters, she aspires for her paintings to be visual reminders of our fragile natural environment.

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Want One..or All Three?

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Kittens, kittens, kittens! Head on down to Crazy Larry’s “Mile-0-Kittens” for this season’s new arrivals! We’ve got your tabby kittens. We’ve got your sleek black kittens [that one looks like trouble -Ed}, your long-haired kittens and your short-haired kittens. These beauties have very low mileage, and are ready to snuggle right off the lot…. Check out our fantastic low, low rates! What’s it gonna to take to get one of these babies into your home? C’mon over to Crazy Larry’s (aka The Animal Shelter) for a test cuddle soon!

FH Park St Sewer Update

Street Closure Week of May 8th: The Marguerite Place and Park Street Intersection will closed for an extended period of time as the Contractor installs underground concrete structures. Closure will last approximately 1 ½ days.

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AmeriCorps Coming To San Juan Islands

This summer the San Juan County Health & Community Services Department in collaboration with the Family Resource Centers on Lopez, Orcas, and the San Juan Islands and the Opportunity Council will launch a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA poverty alleviation project

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Clean Vessel Act Prevents Sewage In State Waters

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Pumpout boats, public education and collaboration with marinas divert 10 million gallons of onboard sewage to onshore treatment.

Seattle - In 2016, the Washington Clean Vessel Act, a joint project of Washington State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Washington Sea Grant, helped divert a record 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Puget Sound, Lake Washington and other state waterways

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Planned Outage For Shaw & Orcas

OPALCO members on all of Shaw Island and west of Youngren’s Pond / Loon Song Lane on Orcas Island will experience an overnight planned power outage beginning at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 10th. Power restoration is expected by 4:00 am on Thursday, May 11th.

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Have An Idea For A SJC Lic Plate?

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There's a new campaign for a specialty license plate that would generate funds to support conservation lands in the San Juan Islands. Original artwork for the design will be accepted through June 1 this year and some of those will be exhibited on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island.

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WSF Wants Your Opinion

The Washington State Transportation Commission is conducting a new survey they want you to take so they can learn about your experience and satisfaction using WSF during the 2017 winter (Jan-Apr) period this year.

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Shrimp Fishery Opens May 6

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Recreational spot shrimp fishing will open May 6 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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Town & Customers Donate $2,550.00 To Hospice SJ

A fundraising effort by the Town of Friday Harbor and its customers resulted in a $2550 donation to Hospice of San Juan. Town utility customers were encouraged to support this local charity through the Town’s Harbor Life Ring program which collects charitable donations included with customer’s utility payments.

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Wild San Juan Lecture Series

The Whale Museum is joining forces with Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to host the "Wild San Juan" Series. The goal of the series is to learn more about wildlife, what's going on in nature, and how we can be better neighbors.

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