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Thursday, March 28th
Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Student Presentation Sunday
Sunday, March 31st 6:00 p.m., The Whale Museum: Come join the Reardan FFA Agricultural Issues team as they perform their presentation titled “Is Washington Doing Enough to Save Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Killer Whales?”
The Agricultural Issues Forum is an FFA Leadership Development Event that requires students to research an agricultural or natural resources issue and equitably present both sides of the issue.
Wednesday, March 27th
Dining for Scholars: Thursday, March 28
No cooking needed on Thursday March 28th! Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at one of the participating restaurants for a great cause.
The annual SJI Service Scholarship event ‘Dining for Scholars asks the public to support the local restaurants that support local scholarships by dining out at one of the participating restaurants on Thursday March 28th. The more our community members dine out, the more funding for the SJI Service Scholarship recipients!
Tuesday, March 26th
Small Craft Advisory Issued For Wednesday
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect from 5 AM to 2 PM PDT Wednesday.
* WIND AND WAVES...East winds 15 to 25 knots. Wind waves 2 to 4 feet. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
Friday Harbor Man Killed In Auto/Tree Accident
At approximately 05:30 am the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Egg Lake Road and Three Meadows Road on a report of a vehicle versus tree accident. Upon arrival the driver, a local Friday Harbor man, was found deceased. It is unclear the exact cause of the accident and an investigation is underway.
The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family. It is believed that speed played a major role in the accident.
Monday, March 25th
SJI Fire & Rescue Come To Aid Of Kayaker
(IG file photo)
When a kayaker off Dinner Island notified 911 that they were out of their boat and in the water, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue and San Juan Island EMS worked together to make a rescue. The teams on Fireboat 1 found the kayaker out of the water and safe on Dinner Island. The kayaker was taken to Jackson Beach where the individual was treated and released at the scene.
Sunday, March 24th
SJIMA Family Art Days
Greeting Spring is the new program of Family Art Days (FAD) at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The informal classes start on Saturday, April 6 at 540 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The classes are held in the cozy upstairs workshop area from 1-5 on most Saturdays.
Thursday, March 21st
Boyfriend Stabbed, Sheriff Looking For Girlfriend
Around 12:00 on March 21st, 2019 the Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Friday Harbor on a reported stabbing. The victim, the boyfriend of the suspect, was taken to the hospital for his injuries. The suspect is Justy Jean Davidson of Friday Harbor. She is in her late 20's, 5’ 02”, 130 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. It is unknown where she went or who she is with at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to immediately call 378-4151.
Wednesday, March 20th
American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Centennial Tea Event
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veteran's organization. Also founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. On March 23. RSVP by email to ALAuxsheila@gmail.com by March 21st.
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Friday Harbor Unit 163 is hosting a Centennial Tea Event honoring 100 years of volunteer service. You are cordially invited to attend this family friendly party on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at the American Legion Friday Harbor Post 163, 110 Spring St. South on the Sundeck level.
Tuesday, March 19th
Fish For Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic To Friday Harbor
Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the Mullis Senior Center, at 589 Nash St., Friday Harbor.
Patients are seen by appointment only. Pick up applications at the San Juan Island Family Resource Center or the county health department, or download them at www.fishforteeth.com. Submit applications to the San Juan County health department on Rhone Street. Volunteers, not health department employees, determine scheduling based on severity and space. Usually, about 30 people are treated during a two-day clinic.
Monday, March 18th
Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses
The SJ County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council will present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. The class will provide basic information about the risks to the islands, and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare. Register online at: www.sanjuandem.net/2019BusinessPrep . Friday Harbor:Tuesday, March 26th, 8:30am - 10:30am at Heritage Bank, 535 Market Street. Eastsound: 1:30pm -3:30pm, Orcas Island Library, 500 Rose Street
Sunday, March 17th
New Policies On Shoreline Development
The Department of Community Development (DCD) has issued a new policy about the development of residential appurtenances in the shoreline jurisdiction and has addressed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about shoreline development in a new bulletin.
DCD developed these documents to help the public better understand the County’s code requirements for development proposed within 200 feet of the Ordinary High Water Mark.
Thursday, March 14th
19 Cent Gas Tax Coming
By Todd Myers
Last November, voters rejected Initiative 1631 by a wide margin, 57-43. It centered around a carbon tax that would have added 13 cents to a gallon of gas. However, the Senate Transportation Committee adopted a carbon and gas tax package that would, instead, increase the cost of a gallon by 19 cents.
Wednesday, March 13th
Grumbling Over 36 More Growlers
Sound Defense Alliance has released the following press release:
Coupeville, WA. In an unprecedented move and over the objections of thousands of citizens and local, state and federal officials, the Navy formalized its decision to add 36 EA-18G “Growlers” to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and to quadruple flight operations at Outlying Field Coupeville.
Tuesday, March 12th
Hill of Thrills Build-a-Racer Workshop
This year Island Rec is offering a how-to workshop on building your car for the Hill of Thrills race, led by STEM veteran Cecil Dent. Utilize tools and workshop space at the FH High School's STEM building. Get ideas and hands-on assistance to craft and assemble alongside Cecil.
Monday, March 11th
New American Camp Visitor Center Planned
The National Park Service improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park.
The plan is to replace the 40 year-old "temporary" visitor center with a new facility that will highlight the rich cultural history of the area as well as the spectacular natural setting of American Camp.
Sunday, March 10th
New Legal Problems For Sheriff & Prosecutor
A law suit (pdf 1296\k file) filed in the United States District Court of Washington alleges SJC Sheriff Deputy Raymond Harvey -and “in his official capacity as sheriff,” Ron Krebs- deprived Orcas resident Daniel Fowler of his constitutional rights when he was arrested in an “unreasonable search and seizure” inside his home, resulting in Fowler receiving a broken shoulder.
Rotary Spelling Bee Winners
(L to R: Mary Sliger, Paul Mayer, Mrs. Hallock, Haley Rennick & Eve Hulse - IG photo)
The 2019 winners of the San Juan Island Rotary Club were Eve Hulse, first place, and Haley Rennick, second place. Both Eve and Haley represented Paideia Classical School; both are members of Mrs. Hallock’s 8th grade class.
This was the Rotary Club’s 14th Annual Spelling Bee, which included students from Friday Harbor Elementary School, Friday Harbor Middle School, and Paideia Classical School. All island schools were invited to participate.
Friday, March 8th
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 am. The full sailing day of Saturday, March 9, starts and ends on Pacific Standard Time. Terminals and vessels will turn their clocks forward one hour after the end of the full Saturday sailing schedule. Vessels that have trips remaining at or after 2:00 am will complete their normal Saturday sailing schedule before moving their clocks forward. The sailing day starting on Sunday, March 10, will be under Pacific Daylight Saving Time.
Thursday, March 7th
Office Supply Building Destroyed
(Photo by Ed Kilduff, others by the IG)
(Photo by Chuck Dalldorf)
(Photo by Chuck Dalldorf)
(The RV that started the fire
An attempt to start the engine on an RV parked next to the end of the office supply store on upper Spring Street resulted in the engine backfiring, which then started a fire that quickly spread to the building, which became completely engulfed and destroyed. Fire crews have remained at the location late into the night working to completely put out the last of the hot spots.
Tuesday, March 5th
Islands’ Oil Spill Update
(Submitted IOSA file photo)
In Eastsound on February 26th nearly 30 people from a range of backgrounds and skillsets gathered for the second monthly meeting of the 2019 Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) Action Team. This group of interested volunteers has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the year in an effort to revitalize IOSA’s ability to respond to both large and small marine pollution events.
Monday, March 4th
Garry Oak Prairie Lecture Series
What are Garry Oaks and how do Garry Oak habitats support the ecology of the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest?
Join experts from San Juan Island and beyond March 8,15, 22 and 29 at the San Juan Island Grange to learn about Garry Oaks in the Pacific Northwest,
There will also be a tour on Saturday, March 9 meeting at the Friday Harbor High School parking lot on Guard St at 1pm.