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Tuesday, February 28th
Snowmageddon Doesn’t Stop OIFR
February 28, 2017: A sudden and strong winter snow storm will stop everyone in their tracks . . . everyone except Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. In spite of the rapid accumulation of snow yesterday, staff and volunteers of OIFR responded and found solutions to difficult transport situations, complicated by the weather.
Early Monday afternoon, February 27, 2017, the on duty paramedic was attending to a call of a patient having a critical medical event.
Rotary Club Spelling Bee Thursday
( 2015 contestants )
The Rotary Club will hold its 12th annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, March 2nd at 3:30 PM at the San Juan Community Theater. Doors open at 3:00 PM.
This year’s spellers include students from Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, and Paideia Classical School. All island schools were invited to participate. The contest is open to 4th through 8th graders. First place winner will receive a trophy and a check for $100. In addition, a check for $200 will be awarded to winner’s class, and $300 to their school. Second place winner will receive a trophy and a check for $75. Their class will receive $150 and school $200. All students will receive a medal in appreciation for their participation.
Sunday, February 26th
Roundabout For FH Proposed
The idea of a roundabout for the main intersection at Spring Street and Argyle in Friday Harbor has been floating around for a long time, but now the Town is asking the public to weight in about a proposal to install a mini painted roundabout at the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Spring Street.
A Town Council meeting will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers located at 60 Second Street.
Thursday, February 23rd
About That Orcas School Bond Measure
An Orcas Island School District bond measure is currently failing, having won 59.73% of the vote in an election which requires 60% to win. The mis-information going around is that the measure is losing by “just 6 votes.”
Wednesday, February 22nd
Controversy Returns To Hospital Commissioners
(Hospital staff update report to Commission -IG photo)
The San Juan County Hospital District Board of Commissioners (Board) meeting on Wednesday (2-22-17) likely exceeded the legal room capacity, with all chairs filled and the rest standing, as the public showed up to watch and hopefully comment on a controversial transfer of $50,000.00 to Mount Baker Planned Parenthood.
Tuesday, February 21st
FH Pocket Park Construction Begins
(Island Guardian photo)
Staging for the Spring Street Pocket Park Project began Monday, February 20, 2017. The Contractor (Mike Carlson Enterprises) is preparing the site for installation of the Spring Street Pocket Park. The Contractor is currently lowering the stormwater manhole (photo above) located at the site.
Monday, February 20th
SJI Woman In Court Over "Misappropriation" Of $48K From Local Non-Profit
( San Juan Community Theatre)
San Juan Community Theatre (SJCT) has filed a civil suit, and has reported to the San Juan County Prosecutors office the “misappropriation of theatre funds…that took place on a regular basis since 2011..”
According to court documents, the defendant is Mary K. Blevins, a long time resident of San Juan Island who had until October of last year worked as the Chief Administrative Officer for SJCT, responsible for banking, booking, payroll and the payment of vendors.
Friday, February 17th
Mom And Son Accused Of Multiple Crimes
(Island Guardian photo)
In January of 2010 Shawna Ann Mustain was accused of multiple felony counts of burglary and was convicted three months later to serve a year in jail.
On Thursday (2-16-17) 57 year old Shawna was back in court, and this time she and her 37 year old son (photo above) Nicholas Mustain, are facing a set of felony allegation related to burglaries.
Thursday, February 16th
Busy Day For Orcas Fire & Rescue
( OF&R photo)
Crews from Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to multiple simultaneous calls for service Thursday evening, including an incident with an airplane.
At 3:10pm, crews from OIFR responded to a medical aid call. A decision was made to transport the patient off island using Island Air Ambulance. The patient was loaded into an ambulance for transfer; however before they could arrive at the airport a second call was paged at 5:30pm for OIFR to respond to an incident with a downed airplane. As crews were responding to the airport, a third call came in at 5:50pm for an injured hiker on Mt. Constitution.
Wednesday, February 15th
2 Arrests Made In Jewelry Heist
On February 10, 2017 the Shinola Jewelry store in Eastsound was burglarized. On February 14, the Sheriff’s Office received information of the people in possession of the stolen jewelry. The Sheriff’s Office put out a video that was obtained from a neighboring business. The video turned out to be an Orcas Island resident who walks his dog in Eastsound every morning Related Story.
Tuesday, February 14th
Fraud Involving Signatures On Four Initiatives
Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s Elections Division has reported potential fraudulent activity to the Washington State Patrol involving signatures on the four initiatives that were considered by Washington voters last fall.
Family Nature Club Walk: Birds
Saturday, February, 18, 9:00 am to 10:30 am, Limekiln Preserve, San Juan Island, Join Shona Aitken from Wolf Hollow and become citizen scientists by participating in a global bird study. Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community.
Monday, February 13th
Man Walking Dog Witness To Crime
(SJC Sheriff's office photo)
This is the individual who was a key witness to the burglarized Shanola Jewlrey on Orcas.
Sometime on the 9th or 10th the Shanola jewelry store in Eastsound was broken into. The suspects took approximately 20k worth of jewelry. The video is from a neighboring business. The suspect(s) entered by removing the bars over a window and entering. the video was helpful in solving the crime. Related Story
If anyone has any information please call 378-4151 or the anonymous tip line at 370-7629.
Sunday, February 12th
Hotline To Report Dead, Sick Or Injured Swans
(Mary Kalbert photo)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has re-established a hotline to report dead, sick or injured swans in three northwest Washington counties as part of its ongoing effort to assess the impact of lead poisoning on trumpeter swans.
People can call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266, to report dead, sick or injured swans in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Callers should be prepared to leave a message including their name and phone number, and the location and condition of the swans.
Friday, February 10th
Free Training For Caregivers Offered
For the first time ever, Hospice of San Juan will offer caregiver (home helper/companion) training alongside its volunteer training May 6, 20 and June 3 at no charge to attendees.
Caregivers help vulnerable people remain in their homes in the face of conditions that otherwise would obligate them to move off island or into a care facility.
Thursday, February 9th
Class For Woodland Owners
Woodland owners can build skills for caring for their trees by taking Washington State University Extension Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course. The course fee is $185 if registered before March 1st ($215 on or after) and pre-registration is required.
Wednesday, February 8th
Another MEDEVAC By The Navy
A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, from the Friday Harbor Airport.
The SAR crew of five received an alert for a patient at the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor suffering from stroke-like symptoms at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7th
Trades Educ Program February 13
The LWV (League of Women Voters of the San Juans) will present a program with Victoria Compton, director of the county Economic Development Council, speaking about the establishment of the Trades Education Program in the county. This meeting will take place on Monday, February 13th at 12:00 noon in the library conference room at the San Juan Island Library. All are welcome.
Monday, February 6th
Polar Gigantism in Antarctic Sea Spiders
(Sea spider -Timothy Dwyer photo)
A talk on Giant-sized sea spiders takes place from 7pm-8:30pm on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound. The talk is free, and under-ice Antarctic giant spiders may sound like the beginning of a chilling winter’s tale, it’s the focus of this month’s Marine Science Lecture Series.
Sunday, February 5th
Larsen Cosponsors The ORCA Act
A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to “prohibit the taking, importation, and exportation of Orcas and Orca products for public display, and for other purposes’ has been introduce to the United States Congress by Californian Congressman Adam Schiff (photo left), and Congressman Rick Larsen has joined 30 plus members as a cosponsor of the bill.
Friday, February 3rd
County Real Estate Up 16.4%
According to a year end report by Merri Ann Simonson of Coldwell Banker SJI, the real estate market in the county is improving; with the exception of sales of waterfront lots: "In the County, 12 parcels sold for a total dollar volume of $3,600,000 as compared to last year when 23 parcels closed for volume of $6,700,000.
You can read her complete report by clicking HERE(pdf 249\k file).
Thursday, February 2nd
OPALCO Seeks Candidates For Board Election
The 2017 OPALCO Board election cycle is now open and nominations for board candidates in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands) are being accepted. At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, the new member Elections & Governance Committee was appointed to put forward the best, most qualified and effective candidates for the Board of Directors.
Wednesday, February 1st
Join the SJI Family Nature Club
Finding time to get outside can be tough, and figuring out what to do once outside can be even tougher. The San Juan Island National Historical Park and the Land Bank are making it easy in 2017 with the San Juan Island Family Nature Club, a free monthly outdoor exploration club for families.