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Thursday, May 31st

Comp. Plan Vision Discussion 6-11-18

The San Juan County Council will discuss the Planning Commission's recommended amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Vision on June 11, 2018.

The County Council and Planning Commission held a joint public hearing regarding the proposed amendments on May 18, 2018. Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission considered public comments and arrived at a recommendation to the County Council.

Wednesday, May 30th

Sheriff Ron Krebs Letter To Community

ig_Ron_Krebs_Candidate_photo-005 (35k image)Dear Fellow Islanders,

I was elected Sheriff of San Juan County three years ago and I am excited to announce that I’ll be running for re-election this November.

As Sheriff, I’ve worked hard to promote and encourage a safer community. I’ve implemented the core beliefs of protect and serve, set higher standards of achievement throughout the department and I am proud of the way my staff embraces these beliefs and the impact they are having throughout the county. This new culture has greatly improved employee satisfaction and morale.

Regarding Political Signs

By Milene Henley

It’s election time, and with that comes the annual crop of political signs, popping up like pesky dandelions across the countryside. We’ve been fortunate in San Juan County. A well-meaning ordinance - now de-toothed by a recent court action - combined with strong local sentiment has kept our sign infection at a minimum.


Tuesday, May 29th

Improvements To Local Spill Response Capacity

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( Contributed photo)

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance local capacity to respond to oil and hazardous materials spills, three San Juan County organizations participated in the 2018 Washington State Department of Ecology Spill Response Grant Program. This program helps local communities that are at risk for oil and hazardous materials spills secure equipment and training to effectively respond to incidents.

Bay Mussels Show Traces Of Oxycodone

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(flickr photos brewbooks)

By Jeff Rice

The opioid epidemic has now hit the waters of Puget Sound. State agencies tracking pollution levels in Puget Sound have discovered traces of oxycodone in the tissues of native bay mussels (Mytilus trossulus) from Seattle and Bremerton area harbors.

County Leave No Trace Workshops

How do we keep the San Juan Islands stunning? By leaving only footprints. National Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will show us how June 5-7, 2018. Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez Islands for three days of Leave No Trace training for hiking, camping, and kayaking. Join us as we raise awareness about minimizing our impact on wild places.

Individuals, business owners and their staffs with a professional or personal connection to the islands' waters and public lands, are invited to participate in these free Leave No Trace workshops:

Sunday, May 27th

Memorial Day, Friday Harbor

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2018 Memorial Day, Friday Harbor, Veterans representing military branches stand in honor of the fallen.

In 2000 the Congress passed an Act and President Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, that found:

"it is essential to remember and renew the legacy of Memorial Day, which was established in 1868 to pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families; and to that end "Congress called on the people of the United States, in a symbolic act of unity, to observe a National Moment of Remembrance to honor the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace"

Photos below:

Friday, May 25th

Wanted: Argument Against Lopez School Levy

The Lopez Island School District has placed on the August primary ballot a levy to support educational expenses and operations support of the District. The District has appointed a committee to write an argument supporting the proposal. Because the District was unable to find persons willing to write an argument opposing the measure, County Auditor Milene Henley is seeking someone to do so.

Produce Safety Training Available

You may have heard about a new federal regulation, the Food Safety Modernization Act, impacting produce farms that is focusing on food safety. If you have questions, you’re not alone.

Join WSU Produce Safety Extension Specialist Faith Critzer to find out what is the Produce Safety Rule and what does it mean for farmers.

Wednesday, May 23rd

Home Inspections and Real Estate Sales

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

If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations are often the more stressful event. Allowing a buyer to have a home inspection and hopefully a concurrent feasibility study is a very necessary part of the transaction.

Political Election Sign Regulation Challenged

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Local attorney Nicholas Power filed a complaint in San Juan County Superior Court alleging that San Juan County is unconstitutionally infringing on his First Amendment rights by enforcing the regulation -SJCC 18.40.400(c)- that limits political signage to be posted only within 45 days of an election.

Judge Loring of San Juan County Superior Court ruled in favor of Nicholas Power and entered a temporary restraining order preventing San Juan County from enforcing San Juan County Code 18.40.400(c).


Monday, May 21st

The “Hill of Thrills” Soap Box Race Results

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( Contributed photo)

The third running of the Hill of Thrills classic old-fashioned ‘gravity’ "soap box" race where people run their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover St. by the Friday Harbor elementary school, was the held Monday. The racing categories were for ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-adult. The popular event has become a local classic not to be missed; with as many adult contestants as kids. The event is sponsored by San Juan Island Park and Recreation
Below are the results of the Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race, and a photo of the winner of the overall fastest time:

Sunday, May 20th

Power To Run Against Gaylord For San Juan County Prosecutor

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Nicholas (Nick) Power has announced his candidacy for the position of San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney. Nick states he "hopes to provide voters with an opportunity to elect someone who is committed to honesty, transparency and accountability. Nick sees the position of Prosecuting Attorney as ultimately the citizens’ attorney - not simply the attorney for the County."

Wednesday, May 16th

Kulp To Be Charged With Murder

Eric Kulp has been returned to San Juan County, and will be charged in court at 9:00 am on Friday for the "crime of murder in the second degree: with intent to cause the death of another person, but without premeditation" in the death of Abigail Jane Finney. Bail has been set at $1,000,000.00 -Related Story .

Tuesday, May 15th

Carbs For A Cause: PastaPalooza Dinner May 18

On Friday, May 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event will be held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The evening is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s first San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Proceeds raised directly support the education and research programs of The Whale Museum.


Monday, May 14th

Loring Files to Continue Serving as Superior Court Judge

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( Contributed photo)

Kathryn (Katie) Loring has filed to stand for election to continue serving our community as San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee appointed her to the court in November 2017, and she wants to carry on her work for access to justice for all members of the San Juan County community as judge.

Sunday, May 13th

Public Hearing Friday On Flood Hazard Regulations

San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to Chapter 15.12. SJCC and Section 18.80.140 (B) of the San Juan County Code. The proposed ordinance adopts new maps identifying the County’s areas of special flood hazard and updates the development regulations applicable to all new and substantially improved structures in special flood hazard areas.

Thursday, May 10th

A Failure to Investigate

by Alex MacLeod

It has been a little over a month since Abigail Finney’s body was found in her husband’s vehicle parked behind the house they shared on Shaw Island. It turns out her body had been there for more than four months.

In those four-plus months, the sheriff’s department had done precious little to search for her after her family reported her missing Nov. 29. Nor had they made any attempt to question her husband, Eric Kulp, about her whereabouts.


Wednesday, May 9th

Town Honored For Pocket Park

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( IG file photo of when the park was official opened)

The Town of Friday Harbor has earned the 2018 Municipal Excellence Award for Small City Success for creating Breezeway Parkthe pocket park located at Spring and Second Streets. The Municipal Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities to recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities.


Tuesday, May 8th

FH Turn-Around Arrows Pointed As Town Wanted

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(UPDATED with Town comments -05-09-18, 2:50 pm) The arrows indicating desired flow of traffic on the new turnaround in Friday Harbor point to a bank building, a sidewalk and to a gas station. According to the off-island contractor installing the arrows "some of the arrows are confusing, and some not so much, but that is the way they were drawn by the town." Town Administrator Duncan Wilson said the arrows were there as they wanted them, and no changes will be made. As can be seen in the town drawing the arrows envisioned point to the various lines of the desired projected circulation, and clearly are not intended to indicate a driver should make a hard right at 90 degrees directly into a side walk or into a gas station.

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State Says Stay Away From The Orcas

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( WDFW map)

WDFW (Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife), and wildlife managers are asking anglers and boaters to avoid an area, a quarter to a half mile away, along the west side of San Juan Island, where killer whales frequently forage and socialize. This action is needed to provide the whales with a quiet area to feed.

Monday, May 7th

State of Education in the State of Washington

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Residents of the San Juan Islands are invited to a free forum on the “State of Education in the State of Washington.

The event is sponsored by the newly formed San Juan Citizens for Civic Awareness. Liv Finne, Director of the Center for Education at the Washington Policy Center will discuss topics such as:


37 Boats In Opening Day In Friday Harbor

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(Contributed photo)

The Opening Day Boat Parade in Friday Harbor on Sunday, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club and Port of Friday Harbor, had a record number of boats in the parade (37) and an enthusiastic set of spectators on Spring Street Landing.

14 prizes were awarded overall and the two top prizes went to:


Sunday, May 6th

FH Roundabout Installation May 7th

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The public is advised that the intersection of Spring Street and Argyle Avenue will be closed to all traffic day and night for four days beginning May 7th for the installation of an intersection roundabout. This closure will include Spring Street from Second Street to Argyle Avenue. There may be times when access to Nichols Street and the Wells Fargo parking lot may be restricted.


Children’s Festival Fun For All

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The 28th Annual Children’s Festival Saturday was one of the best yet, with kids picking up a "passport" that was stamped at each display/event.

ig_G_IR_CF_002 (55k image)Once completed by making the rounds, they had a chance of winning a free bike

And the winners are!
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Dozens of community organizations provided hands-on activities. This year the Flight Museum's traveling planetarium was also set up, and there was a bungee run, and many booths to stop by. Island Bicycles donated the Bikes.

Saturday, May 5th

Another Successful Town Spring Cleanup

The Town of Friday Harbor helped its customers jump start their spring cleaning with free pickup of oversized refuse the week of April 23-27. This is the second year the Town has offered a Spring Cleanup service to its refuse customers. Public Works employees Dave Smith and James Henrie picked up a total of 15.1 tons (30,200 pounds) of oversized junk too large to fit in standard garbage cans.

Thursday, May 3rd

Washington State, Norway Compare Notes On Electric Ferries

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(Govenor's office photo )

The rumble of the engine room is a familiar sound aboard a Washington state ferry, but that sound - and the carbon emissions that go with it  -  may soon become a thing of the past.

A member of the state’s Jumbo Mark II ferry fleet -  the Tacoma, the Wenatchee or the Puyallup - will soon likely have two of its four diesel engines replaced with batteries.

Wednesday, May 2nd

May 6 FH Opening Day Boat Parade

Big boats and little boats, matters not, all are invited to the Friday Harbor waterfront at 2:15pm on Sunday, May 6th, for the island’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade - visualize a 4th of July parade on the water. The parade can best be viewed from Spring Street Landing and adjoining waterfront locations.

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for the island’s annual Opening Day Boat Parade - visualize a 4th of July parade on the water. The parade can best be viewed from Spring Street Landing and adjoining waterfront locations.

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(Lummi-designed by Matthew Wickey -file photo )


Tuesday, May 1st

FHHS Orbital Technologies Wins Semi-Finals Of The International Space Settlement Design

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(Contributed photo)

Over the weekend of April 28-29, the Friday Harbor Aerospace Design Team, known as Island Orbital Technologies, competed in and won the first ever Northwest Semi-Finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC).

John Evans
Greg Hertel
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Teresa Smith
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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