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Saturday, June 30th

Car Off Roche Harbor Road Bursts Into Flames

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(Rene Corliss Polda photo)

Ar approximately 5:00pm a vehicle traveling northbound on Roche Harbor road left the roadway, went down an embankment, and struck a tree where it immediately caught fire. A tourist visiting the island from Hawaii stopped and went to the drivers aid. He pulled the driver from the vehicle and waited for law enforcement to arrive. The driver was transported to the hospital with severe injuries.

Friday, June 29th

Compare Prices For Medical Procedures With New State Website

Washington has joined five other states in providing consumer-friendly data about health care cost, quality in their communities.

If you or a loved one needed knee replacement surgery, would you want to know which surgeon in your community has the highest rating for quality of care? Would you like to know how much a knee replacement costs, on average, at all of the medical offices close to your home?


Thursday, June 28th

18th Annual Jazz At The Labs Saturday

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(Contributed photo)

The 18th Annual Jazz At The Labs is coming to the Friday Harbor Laboratories with dinner (Vegetarian dinners available) and amazing music; June 30, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. The San Juan Jazz Quintet (SJJQ) will entertain diners as they enjoy the fabulous food. Following dinner, SJJQ and Seattle’s Jazz Coalescence will perform jazz standards, swing, bebop, and Latin jazz, as well as original compositions. $40 (dinner & music); All proceeds benefit the FH Laboratories K-12 Science Outreach Program in the SJI Elementary, Middle, and High Schools & Spring Street International School. Reservations recommended FH Lab at 360-378-2165 ext. 0.

FANS Donates $5,000 To Island Rec

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(Contributed photo)

With a hearty thank you to its many donors, Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec (FANS) recently made one of its semi-annual contributions to Island Rec to supplement its scholarships and programs. In late June, FANS cut a check for $5,000 -money raised so far this year through the nonprofit group’s annual membership and business drives.

Wednesday, June 27th

Join In Recognizing Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers

Please join in recognizing the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers who serve in dependency proceedings in San Juan County Superior Court, and in recognizing the importance of family reunification. Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. San Juan County Superior Court Jury Room San Juan County Courthouse. The community is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

he National CASA Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

Tuesday, June 26th

Greenpeace Ship To Visit Friday Harbor

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(Greenpeace photo)

One of Greenpeace's ships, Arctic Sunrise, is expected to make a stop in Friday Harbor on Wednesday (06-27-18). The public is invited to come on board from 5 to 7 p.m. for food and drink and a tour of the ship (RSVP Here). The boat is in our area to follow the same route of oil tankers and barges to bring attention to the upcoming shipping of tar sand oil by ships from Canada.

Monday, June 25th

Looking For Fire Works Donations

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(Verne Howard & Duncan Wilson man a table at Market Place -IG photo)

Thanks to a generous matching grant from Kings Market and t he lodging a x funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, t he San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce ha s put together the biggest and best fireworks display ever.

Make your donation, small or large . If you can’t put a donation i n the jar then you can mail your check to San Juan Island Community Foundation P O Box 1352, Friday Harbor , W A 98250 - put 4th of July Fire works Fund in the memo line. Sponsors are the Town of Friday Harbor & Kings Market


Mayor Appoints Lane To Arts Commission

ig_Peter_Lane-001 (24k image)San Juan resident Peter Lane has been appointed to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Lane owns an art consultation and logistics company and brings 20 years of experience in the visual arts. He is a board member and volunteer at San Juan Island Museum of Art and participated in an artist selection panel for the FHAC.

Food For Students Organization Created

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(36 Weekends photo)

The San Juan Island Rotary Club recognized a need for providing assistance to provide basic food items that are easy to prepare and kid friendly for those who have the need.

Working with other local community organizations, a program was started called 36 Weekends, that will “send home nutritious food for kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend during the school year.”

Thursday, June 21st

Now 6 Cases Of Chicken Pox On Orcas

Three new cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community, bring the total to six. San Juan County Health & Community Services is working closely with medical providers to identify additional cases in the community.

Wednesday, June 20th

Grellet-Tinner Case Against Detective Parker Denied

A petition for a citizen complaint for a misdemeanor charge against former SJC Detective Stephen Parker was filed May 2, 2018 by local attorney Nick Power, on behalf of former Orcas teacher Dr Gerald Grellet-Tinner, that alleged Parker made a false or misleading statement to a public servant and he obstructed a law enforcement office.

Tuesday, June 19th

Boat Beached On South Beach, SJI

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(Rebecca Hughes photo)

The captain of a boat taking part in a race to Alaska was forced onto San Juan Islands South Beach due to heavy winds; and not being able to use an engine because race rules did not allow an engine on the boat, did not help. The captain is fine, the boat is fine, and according to Rebecca Hughes who took the photo above, the captain intends to re-float the boat Tuesday night when the high tides return.

Monday, June 18th

SJI Music On The Lawn Summer Concert Series

Island Rec announceD the 2018 Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series. This long-standing concert series is on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:15, located at the San Juan Historical Museum, which is at 405 Price Street. It is a perfect time to grab a blanket or bring a chair and have a picnic. Get ready to get up and dance as well as this year we have an exceptionally dancer friendly groups of musicians lined up.

Sunday, June 17th

Chicken Pox Health Alert

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Three cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. Two of the cases were in children attending schools on Orcas Island. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Orcas School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella cases

Friday, June 15th

Residential Burn Permits Expired June 15th

Residential burning is now closed until fall, all permits issued are expired. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within Urban Growth Areas (UGAs). Campfires will continue to be allowed in contained fire pits that are no larger than 2’ by 2’ in size, burning fire wood only, not yard waste.

Thursday, June 14th

Friday Harbor Fireworks Set For 4th

A generous matching grant from Kings Market and lodging tax funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has once again commissioned local talent and pyrotechnical director, Nick Gislason, a 5th generation San Juan Islander, with the Lopez Community Fireworks, to design, setup, and fire the 2018 Friday Harbor 4th of July Fireworks Display.

Wednesday, June 13th

SJI EMS EMTs Of The Month

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(Contributed photo)

San Juan EMS previously recognized one EMT each month as an “EMT of the month.” The lieutenants who help mentor and manage our volunteers felt it was important to honor an EMT from each team that has been organized to help fill a 24/7 schedule. There are three teams of about 11 EMTs that rotate between a week of days, a week of nights and a week off. These teams are called, Bravo, Delta and Foxtrot.

Crab Season For SJC Starts July

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Puget Sound summer crab-fishing season for Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Opens July 14 through Sept. 30.

The daily limit throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

Tuesday, June 12th

Enter The 4th of July Parade: Theme "Music of America"

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that applications are available for the 2018 4th of July Parade in downtown Friday Harbor. Participants are encouraged to sign up early due to limited parade space and time considerations. The Chamber of Commerce is expecting a full field. Completed applications along with your $50 entry fee are due no later than Monday, June 25th. There will be no day of parade entries allowed.

Monday, June 11th

SJI School District Hires Interim Superintendent

ig_Kari_McVeigh-001 (28k image)Ms. Kari McVeigh has been hired as interim superintendent while the school board continues to look for a full time replacement of Danna Diaz, who resigned to take a position in eastern Washington.

According to a school press release Ms. McVeigh has extensive experience as an educator starting with eleven years in the classroom followed by work as a principal and superintendent in a wide variety of school settings.

Sunday, June 10th

SJI Hospital/SJI Fire Appoint (sort of) A Citizens’ Advisory Group

The San Juan County Public Hospital District now has an advisory group that was formed by the District to explore and advise, both the SJCPHD and Fire Department, on the pros and cons of a merger of Fire and EMS services for the community.

They have been tasked to meet, and have a deadline of October to report to and advise both boards. Firs to be appointed was George Johnson, then in May the Town of Friday Harbor selected Chuck Dalldorf while Fire Dept. #3 picked Dan Paulson. These three members then met on May 31st, and selected the last two members, Rick Frazer and Mark Tompkins; Brendan Cowan is an alternate.

Saturday, June 9th

County Back In Court...Again

Tim White of San Juan Island and Alan Rosato of Orcas Island contend that barcodes represent a serial number, and that make the ballots “not uniform,” which potential could result in the loss of secrecy of the voter. The took their concern to court, and on Monday, June 4, the Court of Appeals in Seattle listened to oral arguments in the case over the use of barcodes on ballots.

Friday, June 8th

3.3 Earthquake Near San Juan County

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According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network a magnitude 3.3 earthquake occurred near the San Juan Islands late Friday morning (10:09 a.m.) about 21 miles northwest of Friday Harbor, as shown on the map above. There have been a series of small quakes off Shaw Island in recent weeks. magnitude 3.3 earthquake, but this quake was the strongest and most recent quake.

Thursday, June 7th

-- Guest Column --

How Much is Enough?

By Denny Kaill

Some time ago I made a visit of my own at the Visitor’s Bureau in Friday Harbor. I learned it is mandatory that all proceeds from the lodging tax go into tourist promotion in one form or another: ads online, in print, radio and TV. And it’s really working; how many times so far this spring have you seen this on the WSF website:


Wednesday, June 6th

Settle This Fight On Your Own Dime

By Alex MacLeod

A couple of weeks ago the county’s Superior Court judge, Kathryn Loring, ruled that the county’s law limiting how long before election day political signs could be posted was most likely unconstitutional and she temporarily barred its enforcement.

Her ruling came in response to a law suit brought by a Friday Harbor lawyer, Nick Power, who not coincidentally is running to replace Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord this fall. Her ruling also came as no surprise to anyone paying attention since the Washington State Supreme Court ruled such limits unconstitutional five years before the county enacted its law in 1998.


Tuesday, June 5th

Gaylord & Power Views On Political Sign Case Now Headed To Federal Court

On Monday June 4, 2018, County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord removed a case in San Juan County Superior Court on political signs to a federal court in Seattle, because attorney Nick Power, who is running against Gaylord to be Prosecuting Attorney, has now named the County and Auditor Milene Henley as defendants after SJC Auditor Milene Henley sent out a press release that Superior Court Judge Loring said “undermined the court’s ruling.”

Boat Fire On Orcas

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(DOE photo)

Tusday at the approximately 7:30am, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue received a report of a boat on fire in Judd Cove. Response was immediately requested from the United States Coast Guard, San Juan County Sheriff’s Department, and San Juan Fire Department for response on the Sentinal patrol boat. At 9:30am the vessel sank and is currently resting in a shallow area of Judd Cove.

Monday, June 4th

Political Sign Case Headed To Federal Court…What?

Local attorney Nick Power, who is running against County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, was informed on Monday that Gaylord has filed for removal of the political sign case (Related Story) currently in SJC Superior Court to a Federal Court in Seattle.

Sunday, June 3rd

Auditor Comments On law Suit, Now May Face Judge

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(Nick Power)
A current case in San Juan County Superior Court involving a first amendment case on free speech took an unexpected turn last week after SJC Auditor Milene Henley decided to send out a press release/opinion, on her official county letterhead, in which she commented on the case. That may now require her to appear before the judge to answer some questions as to the appropriateness of her action.

Local attorney Nick Power, a candidate for San Juan County Prosecutor, filed the case, which is related to a county regulation the County has continued to retain since 1998 that limits when, and for how long, political signs may be posted; even thought the county and county prosecutor Randy Gaylord -who signs off on all county codes- know it is unconstitutional.

Friday, June 1st

Lodging Tax Funds To Promote Tourism

The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is now accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2019. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the off-season.

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