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Friday, May 31st

Jury Finds Taylor Guilty

On Friday afternoon the jury in the Kevin P. Taylor murder trial returned a verdict of guilty of felony murder in the second degree, and guilty of arson in the second degree. Sentencing will be on July 8th at 1:30 pm.

A full report on the trial will be posted later


Thursday, May 30th

San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour

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( Detail of art work by Nancy & Lewis Spaulding; see full work here: )

Save the Date June 1-2, 2019, and be one of the hundreds who attend this year’s annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Explore over 20 studios in the 28th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour June 1-2. Maps available at

Wednesday, May 29th

Gov Meets With FHHS Space Settlement Design Team

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( L to R: Teacher Daniel Garner & students: Lucy Urbach, Joely Loucks, Darcy Ayers, Julian Brown, Evan Foley, Brandon Payne, Arlo Harold, Sander Van Hamersfeld, Hank Erickson, Nick Herko, Emmett Carrier, Jaden Jones, Emma Mughal -Contributed photo)

While in town yesterday to discuss broadband issues and progress, Gov. Inslee took time to congratulate the FHHS students who won the national International Space Settlement Design Competition and will be traveling to the Kennedy Space Center in July to compete in the World Finals. Gov. Inslee was generous with his time and asked a lot of engaging questions about the students’ proposal. They thoroughly enjoyed their meet and greet!

Tuesday, May 28th

SJC Hospital District Donates $15K For Long-Term Care Study

The Board of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 has voted to give $15,000 for the feasibility study looking into long-term care in the county.

The money will go to the 501(c)(3) Inter Island Healthcare Foundation (, or IIHF, which is serving as the financial agent for the project. The donation will provide approximately half of the needed $50,000 to conduct the study.


Monday, May 27th

SJI "Bikefest" Saturday June 1st

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The upcoming Friday Harbor BIKEFEST on Saturday, June 1 is the third annual bike ride sponsored by the San Juan Lions Club. In the past, this event was known as the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew.

This year’s event will coincide with the 30th annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. There will be numerous ride options, a 12-mile ride, a 20-mile ride, and a metric century.

Sunday, May 26th

Memorial Day Parade Monday In FH At 10 A.M.

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(Citizens & veterans at the 2018 parade -Island Guardian file photo)

The Friday Harbor American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day Parade and presentation at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 in Friday Harbor. Legion members will march from the American Legion post to Memorial Park. There will be a presentation, a firing squad firing a salute, taps, and the traditional firing of the cannon.

Friday, May 24th

OPALCO Awarded $5.8M to Fund Energy Efficiency Projects!

OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline), saving thousands of dollars over the life of the project while reducing carbon emissions in our sensitive environment.

Thursday, May 23rd

FHHS Art Students Win State Art Competition

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(L to R: Andy Anderson, LucasChevalier, SomaAndrews -contributed photo)

Friday Harbor High School as announced that two art students, Soma Andrews and Lucas Chevalier are State Winners of the 46th Annual Superintendent's High School Art Show.

Soma Andrews (Junior) and Lucas Chevalier (Senior) attended a reception in the state capital with their Teacher, Andy Anderson, where they received their “Judges Choice” awards on Friday May 17th, 2019 at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction OSPI) located in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.


Wednesday, May 22nd

New Measles Cases In Washington

Washington State is experiencing a second measles outbreak within five months, with six new cases confirmed in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties since May 9. This is separate from the previous outbreak that happened earlier this year, which was largely contained to the Clark County/Vancouver Washington area.

Update -sort of- On The SJI Bear

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(file photo of bear on Orcas)

Sheriff Ron Krebs reports that so far the bear has been roaming over every part of the island. If you see him please report it so we can track him. Here are some points to remember when it comes to the bear.

1) WDFW and SJSO are working cooperatively to monitor the situation.

2) The bear’s activities have been tracked since it left Camano Island a couple weeks ago. At no point has the bear been reported to be aggressive toward people or animals.

Tuesday, May 21st

Kiwanis Support Stand Up Men

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(Kiwanis President, & Larry Greene, of Stand Up Men -contributed photo)

Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men's recent fund-raising campaign. In accepting the award Larry Greene said "Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans' Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in all schools and communities in the San Juans.” Friday Harbor Kiwanis meets the first and third Thursdays at noon each month at Friday Harbor House.

Monday, May 20th

Mussel-sniffing Dog “Puddles” Joins Fight Against Invasive Species

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The newest member of the team that protects Washington’s waterways from invasive species has quite the ruff routine: Sniff, sit, play!

Starting this spring, Puddles, a 2-year-old Jack Russel terrier mix, will use her keen sense of smell to help detect quagga and zebra mussel larvae on boats traveling through mandatory watercraft-inspection stations run by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Friday, May 17th

Island Sinfonia: Sunday

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( Contributed photo)

The spring concert series by Island Sinfonia is upon us. On Sunday, May 19, Island Sinfonia will present their annual concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor at 3:00 pm. Admission is by donation and students are always free.

Thursday, May 16th

FHHS Aerospace Team Headed To World Finals

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( L to R: Dan Garner; Arlo Harold; Luch Urbach; Joely Loucks, & Brandon Payne -FHHS photo)

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team has just received results from the qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition. Based on the judges' evaluation of our work, Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America and are now invited to the World Finals held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late July.

Wednesday, May 15th

Your Rental Property Options

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

San Juan County currently has several mechanisms for legally renting a home in the County.

The information below is meant for informational purposes only and does not incorporate all the rules and regulations. It will however provide those who want to learn more about residential renting of homes in the County an overview of at least some of the things they need to consider, and do, prior to listing property for rent.


Tuesday, May 14th

Alchemy Art Center Residence Program

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(Katy Collier -contributed photo)

This June, Alchemy Art Center is launching their new Artists in Residence program with printmaker Katy Collier and photographer Tess Malijenovsky! Katyand. Tess will be residing and working at Alchemy, as well as teaching weekly classes and weekend workshops.

Monday, May 13th

WSF Community Meetings Wednesday

WSF and local Ferry Advisory Committees are hosting upcoming community meeting, Wednesday, May 15, 5 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Road, Eastsound. Topics include proposed changes to fares, implementation of the 2040 Long Range Plan and local projects specific to each route. Each meeting will include a brief presentation and an opportunity to ask questions and share comments.

Come learn about the future of ferries, proposed changes to fares, and local projects on your route.


EPA Change In Water Standards Opposed By State

Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s action on changing Washington’s Poptable water standards.

“The Environmental Protection Agency just announced they will change the water quality standards that protect human health in the state of Washington. By taking this unilateral action, the EPA will risk almost certain litigation and cause uncertainty for Washington’s businesses.

Saturday, May 11th

BLM Seeks Nominations

he Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until June 13, 2019. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of which the MAC is one, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.


Thursday, May 9th

Coast Guard Responds To B.C. Whale Watching Boat Rescue Of 45 People

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(Screen grab from TripAdvisor webpage )

The Coast Guard has reported that around 12:30 pm a 60’ Catamaran, the “4ever Wild', out of Canada with 45 people aboard was taking on water and it had been purposely ran boat aground on Smith Island, just south of Lopez.

"Deputy"Guss Joins Sheriffs Office

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(SJC Sheriff Department photo)

San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs recently swore in the newest member of his team. Guss, an 18-month-old sable German shepherd, was welcomed to the Sheriff’s staff this week.

Guss’s handler, Jay Holt, has been a Deputy in the islands for the past year. Holt worked previously with the Burlington Police Department.

Sheriff Krebs indicated the main role for his new K-9 team will be drug detection.

Wednesday, May 8th

FH Laboratories Open House Saturday

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) will hold its annual Open House. The Open House is a splendid opportunity for the community to meet scientists and students at the Labs. All are invited to check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7th

Handicapped Access At Jackson Beach

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(Contributed photo)

You might have seen some changes down at Jacksons Beach lately. Wondering what’s going on? As part of FH High School’s Community Project class, Zach Crichton, Kenny Hallock and Kevin Soto, with a team of mentors and volunteers, have just finished making better wheelchair access at the beach. Zach is a wheelchair user and knew from personal experience how difficult it was to park, unload and traverse the path.

2019 $ for Home Fund Program

San Juan County Health & Community Services has announced to all interested parties the County’s intention to release a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for a 2019 funding round for the Home Fund program. The County intends to release this NOFA on June 3, 2019 with responses being accepted through July 15, 2019.

Applications will be solicited in order to establish a list of projects for funding in 2019.

Monday, May 6th

Bigg’s Killer Whales Sightings Up

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(Dave Ellifrit -NOAA- photo)

There are multiple reports of large numbers of the transient mammal eating Bigg’s Killer Whales cruising near Vancouver and San Juan Islands.

Chek News in Canada reports at least 50 of the orcas have been seen, and experts state they are here not for the salmon -which is what the Southern Residents orcas eat- but prefer other mammals, specifically porpoises, dolphins, sea lions and even young whales if they find one.

Saturday, May 4th

Presentation On Marjorie Walker

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MarjorieWalker a wealthy New Yorker by birth, sailed through the Salish Sea when she was seventeen and vowed to return. That promise was realized twenty-six years later. Marjorie returned in 1949 after establishing herself in the East as a landscape artist and animal portraitist. Remembered as San Juan Island's first academically-trained professional artist, Marjorie shared her art and studio with generations of island children and adults.

A presentation by Sandy Strehlou at the SJI library will be held Monday (05-06-19) to discuss her life before and after she discovered San Juan Island.


Thursday, May 2nd

Boyce Scholarship Fundraiser Saturday

ig_Bob_Boyce-1_medium (50k image) The 11th Annual Bobby Boyce

sports and academic scholarship fundraiser will be held Saturday at the American Legion Post 163 in Friday Harbor.

Founded in honor of Bobby Boyce, a noted island sports enthusiast, the scholarship is awarded annually to athletes who have made a significant contribution to high school sports and is open to all local graduates.

Wednesday, May 1st

EDC invites SJC Knowledge Workers To Meet-Up

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics, or words. Knowledge worker jobs include computer programming, editing, web design, engineering/scientific consulting, and others that primarily involve creating, manipulating, or analyzing information. We hope this network will help local knowledge workers find clients and share ideas, and help local businesses find local talent.

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