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Monday, April 29th

Cooke Pays The $332K Penalty Over Salmon Release

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( A. Breckenridge screen capture file photo)

Cooke Aquaculture will pay the full $332,000 penalty to the Washington Department of Ecology for the collapse of its floating pen near Cypress Island that released 250,000 non-native fish into Puget Sound.

Initially, Cooke Aquaculture appealed the penalty to the Pollution Control Hearings Board, but in a legal settlement with Ecology, agreed to pay the full penalty. The collapse in August 2017 led to a multi-agency investigation, and ultimately to the state Legislature passing a bill to phase out non-native fish farming.

Sunday, April 28th

Brian Moore Appointed To SJI School Board

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Last Wednesday evening, April 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of San Juan Island School District swore in appointee Brian Moore, Vice President of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation , to fill the position #5 unexpired term vacated by Jack McKenna until the election in November, 2019.

Thursday, April 25th

Dennis Willows Chosen For Port of FH Airport Honor Wall

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(Contributed photo)

The Port of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Pilots Association are pleased to recognize our 2019 aviation honoree. This joint effort features a different pilot every year. The Honor Wall at the Port of Friday Harbor Airport commemorates the history of aviation in the San Juan Islands since the early post World War II years when Roy Franklin first established scheduled air service linking San Juan Island with the mainland.

Wednesday, April 24th

Bat With White-Nose Syndrome In Wa

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(U.S. Fish & Wildlife photo)

White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that affects hibernating bats, has been confirmed for the first time in a western long-eared bat (Myotis evotis) in King County, Washington. This brings the total number of bat species confirmed with the deadly fungal disease in North America to 12.

Tuesday, April 23rd

Want A Thankless Job? Candidate Filing Week - May 13-17

If you have ever wanted to be an elected official, now is your chance. Candidate filing for positions open for election in 2019 is about to begin.

During filing week, candidates may submit their filings online, by email, by fax, or in person at the San Juan County Elections Office at 55 Second Street Ste. A, Friday Harbor. Online candidate filing will be available Monday, May 13 at 9 a.m. through Friday, May 17 at 4 p.m. In-person, emailed and faxed filings will be accepted Monday, May 13 at 8 a.m. through Friday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. Mail-in filings will be accepted no earlier than Monday, April 29 and will be processed on May 13.

Monday, April 22nd

Want To Be A SJC Hospital Commissioner?

Want to make a difference? San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD#1) has four of its five commissioner seats open for election this fall. This is almost unprecedented. Prospective candidates must file between May 13-17 and community leaders are needed to provide a new generation of strong leadership. • Meet and Greet: April 24, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 21st

Book Talk - Earth Day

Drew Harvell will discuss her book, Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease. At the Brickworks, Friday Harbor, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. All are invited. There is no charge for this event. Drew’s presentation will include updates on Sea Star Wasting Disease and salmon health in our Puget Sound waters.

Drew is a local author and resident scientist at Friday Harbor Laboratories. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Hosted by Friday Harbor Labs and Griffin Bay Books.


Friday, April 19th

Children’s Festival Poster Contest Winners

Island Rec has announced the winners of the Annual Children’s Festival Poster Contest.

1st Place: Melinda Joy
2nd: Lyla Ovenell
3rd: Sam Herda
Honorable Mentions: Felicity Schubert and Sarah Schubert


Thursday, April 18th

Teen Flashlight Easter SJI Egg Hunt

If you thought looking for Easter eggs was kid stuff, try finding one in the dark! Bring a flashlight and a basket and join us at this special egg hunt just for teens. Beach Bonfire after. Find a Golden egg and win a gift card! Friday April 19th from 8:30-9:30pm at Jackson Beach, for grades 6-12. Check out all of Island Rec’s events at

Wednesday, April 17th

SJI Community Arts Theatre Society (CATS) Annual Fund Raiser

ig_sjct_CATS_ElegantEdibles_04-20-19-01 (53k image)The Elegant Edibles Easter Bake Sale will be held this year at the Mullis Center on Saturday, April 20. Doors open at 10 am and the sale ends at 1:00. Arrive early to select your favorite island baked treats.

SJC Waters Still Safe For Shellfish Harvest

The Washington State Department of Health’s annual water quality evaluation for commercial shellfish harvest areas will result in harvest restrictions in one area, and 18 additional areas will be listed as “threatened,” but San Juan County has once again stayed off the list. Shellfish harvest areas currently meeting water quality standards, but threatened with restrictions due to bacterial pollution include:

Owner Closes Down Hardened Arms In FH

(UPDATED 12:20 AM, 04-29-19) Multiple sources reported ATF (The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms) showed up at Hardened Arms in Friday Harbor on Tuesday, and closed them down, however ATF states they were not involved, and Pat Merlino, the owner of Hardened Arms, states the reports are not true, and that he closed down the operation due to "declining sales;" a statement also verified by the production manager of Hardened Arms. Harden Arms employed approximately 20 plus local employees and made after-market parts for the AR-15 and other types of non-military rifles.


Tuesday, April 16th

Town Hosts Spring Cleanup April 22-26

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 22-26. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to assist our customers with their spring cleaning efforts,” said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson.

Monday, April 15th

Local Union Sues Their Union

A federal lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court in Seattle against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union, and its regional affiliate, Council 2, Washington State Council of County and City Employees (WSCCCE), AFSCME.

Two local unions organized under the AFSCME banner, Local 1849 of San Juan County and Local 114 of Bellingham, as well as Union members Colin Maycock, who is the President of Local 1849 and who also serves as a member of Council 2’s Executive Board, and Jael Komac, who likewise serves as President of Local 114, filed suit alleging Union officials have deliberately withheld critical financial information from the Union’s rank-and-file membership.


Sunday, April 14th

Meetings on Oil Spill Responses

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The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is hosting community meetings in April for those wanting to learn more about IOSA and explore opportunities for getting involved in local oil spill response efforts.
Any and all are invited!
• Tuesday April 16th from 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Orcas School Cafeteria
• Wednesday April 17th from 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Lopez Island Community Center
• Thursday April 18th from 5:30 - 6:30pm at the San Juan Island Grange


Thursday, April 11th

Jobs Galore At FH "Job Fair"

ACE Hardware, Animal Inn, Browne’s Home Center, Friday Harbor Drugstore, King’s Market, Market Place Grocery, Mike Carlson Enterprises, Peace Health, Peter Schmidt Construction, San Juan Bistro, San Juan County Sheriff Dispatch…

These are some of the employers waiting to meet YOU at the JOB Fair on Sunday, April 14 at the Mullis Community Center.

SJI Easter Basket Sale

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Peace Island Medical Center Volunteers' annual Easter Basket Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at the PIMC clinic lobby, 1117 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. These baskets are not just for children.

Wednesday, April 10th

SJ Singers & The Chameleons Fri & Sat

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The beat goes on, with more hit songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. For two nights only, April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., the San Juan Singers take the stage with The Chameleons, a favorite local rock band at San Juan Community Theatre.

The lineup will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along. Favorites like “We Will Rock You”; “Africa”; “Heartache Tonight”; “Landslide”; “Fly Like an Eagle”; and so many more.

Tuesday, April 9th

Wells On The Shoreline In San Juan County

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

Even though I have been in this business for 24 years, on almost every transaction I learn something new. During 2018, I learned how difficult it is to develop a residential home on waterfront lot that is reliant upon a private water system.

Support libraries on Library Giving Day Wednesday

The first-ever nationwide Library Giving Day takes place Wednesday, April 10, providing library users and other community members a unique opportunity to support these vital institutions through philanthropy.

The Washington State Library (WSL) and Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) are proudly participating in Library Giving Day. On a new donation a new donation web page for the State Library, contributions of any size can be made via credit card to help each institution provide resources and services for all Washington residents.

Monday, April 8th

Get Paid To Conduct 2020 Census

ig_G_F_2020_Census-001 (82k image)The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring supervisory and non-supervisory census takers for San Juan County, at $18.50 to $25.50 an hour. Applicants may apply on line at

The job is said to provide flexible hours, weekly pay, and the training for the job is also paid. For more information, call 855-562-2020.


Sunday, April 7th

Local "Earthquake Swarm” Over 4 Days

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(Pacific Northwest Seismic Network screenshot)

Of the 25 quakes that recently occurred in the San Juan areas, one of them below San Juan Island was the largest, with a magnitude recorded at 2.9.

In addition to numerous local reports of having felt the quakes, there was also one report in Victoria.


Friday, April 5th

Washington's Wolf Population Increases For 10th Straight Year

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(WDFW photo of the male member of the new Diobsud Creek pack in Skagit County)

In 2018, for the first time, WDFW documented the presence of a pack west of the Cascade Crest. A single male wolf in Skagit County, captured in 2016 and fitted with a radio collar, has been traveling with a female wolf through the winter, thereby achieving pack status. Biologists chose the pack's name - Diobsud Creek.

Thursday, April 4th

Chamber Concert SJC Community Theatre

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(Contributed photo)

Melodious Notes Over the Harbor Concert, was held Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 pm in the Whittier Theatre. The concert included the favorite "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven, played by Kay Zavislak, part of the Chopin "Cello Sonata" with Sasha Von Dassow, and part of the Hummel "Bassoon Concerto" with Pat Nelson. The following musicians performed: Elizabeth Schaltenbrand, piano; Kay Zavislak, piano; Kim Breilein, flute; Sue Collado, clarinet; Pat Nelson, bassoon; Hannekke Klein Robbenhaar, violin and viola; and Sasha von Dassow, cello.

Wednesday, April 3rd

SJI Park Seeks “Fox Brigade” Volunteers

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San Juan Island National Historical Park is seeking volunteers for a Fox Brigade to help protect the foxes and their spring kits in the American Camp prairie. This area has become a major destination site to see the newborn fox kits in recent years.

Individuals interested can stop by the American Camp Visitor Center for an open house meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 10:00 am for more information and to sign up.


Tuesday, April 2nd

SJI Fire & SJC Hospital Boards Vote To Become One

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(Fire & Hospital District Commissioners on Tuesday -IG photo)

A year ago the boards of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD #1), San Juan County Fire Protection District #3 (FD #3), and the Town of Friday Harbor (“Town”), appointed a Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) to study and make a recommendation as to the wisdom of combining the fire department and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Three days ago the two District Commissioners were presented with a 117 page comprehensive report, that made the following recommendation:

Within the next two years, the two Boards (S]CPHD #1 and FD #3) and the Town of Friday Harbor, with the support of the San Juan County Council, will integrate S]IEMS and FD #3 into one organization with a single leadership structure.

On Tuesday the two boards held a public meeting and voted to accept the recommendation in the report. The following is a short summary of the “CAG Report on Possible Integration of EMS and Fire:


Monday, April 1st

FHHS Band Wins Three Superior Ratings

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(Detail of contributed photo shown below)

"Friday Harbor High School’s Band students earned three superior ratings at the San Juan Music Educator Association Large Group Band Festival at Western Washington University on March 28, 2019.

Sixty high school students from the school’s Jazz band, the “Zero hour” band, and the Concert band classes traveled to Bellingham for one of the two days of the festival. This annual regional festival includes schools from MT Vernon to the Canadian border.


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