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Monday, July 31st

Eastsound Fly-In & Antique Car Show

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The annual Old Fashioned Fly-In is fun for the whole family! Each year 100-150 aircraft attend the Orcas Fly-In from around the country. Come enjoy the best of general aviation! Warbirds, experimental, old fashioned airplanes, local pilots and seaplanes, aircraft, plus flying demonstrations. There will be a pancake breakfast both days at the Fire Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 30th

County Council Public Hearing On Should The County Sometimes Not Assist Federal Agents

Multiple national news outlets are reporting that an illegal immigrant arrested and deported 20 times was released in Portland last year because Portland, like Washington, had directed law enforcement to not hold someone in their custody long enough for the Feds to arrest him.

As a result, he was release last year even though ICE (US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) asked he be held until they could pick him up.

On Monday, (07-24-17) he committed a robbery, kidnapping, burglary and sexual attack on two victims, including rape of a 65 year old woman.


Thursday, July 27th

August FH Fly-In: “Wings & Wheels

Come to the Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In for a celebration of Wings and Wheels, Saturday, August 26, from 10 to 3 pm! Get up close and personal with vintage and experimental aircraft, motorcycles and more. Enjoy a fly by or two. Exhibits, open hangars, demos and food will keep the family entertained for the day. Brought to you in part by Kenmore Air and Kenmore Aero Services, you’ll be able to get inside a 9 passenger Cessna Caravan, meet Kenmore pilots and enter a drawing to win Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour for two.

Wednesday, July 26th

Pod Nods Friday At The Whale Museum

Have a young whale enthusiast in your life? Pod Nods at The Whale Museum are the ultimate pajama party sleepover for youngsters who love whales. During the evening participants will learn about whales and their environment through fun art projects, inspiring science labs, engaging games, and a flashlight tour of the Exhibit Hall. Plus, they’ll be treated to a bedtime movie.

Tuesday, July 25th

Fire Danger Upgraded to High

Increased heat and lack of precipitation have upgraded the county-wide fire danger to high. Recreational campfires two feet by two feet or less are still permitted. Please refrain from burning anything but clean, dry, split, firewood. If possible keep a charged hose near-by and douse all fires at the end of the evening with water.


Filing Period July 26, 27& 28 For Port of Orcas Commissioner

The Elections Office is opening a special three-day filing period for the Port of Orcas Port Commissioner #1 office.
Candidate filings can be made in person from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28.

Orcas Wildland Fire At Minnow Creek

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UPDATE:July 25, 2017. 3:30PM MINNOW CREEK FIRE: . Orcas Island Fire crews have been on scene of the Minnow Creek Fire since approximately 3:00am. The fire, located on Minnow Creek near Pinneo Road, is believed to have begun in a cabin and then spread to the wildland nearby. The cabin and an outbuilding were a total loss. Crews from San Juan Fire and Department of Natural Resources responded and assisted in the extinguishing of the fire as well. At this point, the fire is extinguished and crews are completing final mop up. Crews from San Juan and DNR will be clearing the fire scene within an hour and Orcas Fire Crews will stay on scene for final mop up which is expected to last until approximately 6:00pm.

Monday, July 24th

County Scholars Shine At Leadership Camp

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( Youth Rally group at the Idaho State Capitol -contributed photo)

Six San Juan County high-school students [see photo below] attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from $300-$600 from the Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Association (ICUA), who hosts the camp.

Wolf Pack To Be Killed

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State wildlife managers plan to kill the Smackout Wolfpack, one of 20 wolf packs documented in Washington state by WDFW in 2016. At that time, the pack was estimated to consist of eight wolves, but it has since produced an unknown number of pups.


Saturday, July 22nd

Missing SJI Man Found -Ruled Suicide

On Thursday the 27th,Jonathan Tapia-Rojas was reported missing by his family. It was reported he had not been seen since Tuesday. On Saturday morning a Friday Harbor resident found a deceased body in the woods off Finnegan Ridge Road. The deceased was identified as Jonathan Tapia-Rojas. At this time the Sheriff’s Office is ruling it a suicide.

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, please contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 360-378-4151 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to their website at .


Thursday, July 20th

18th Annual Encampment Candlelight Ball Saturday At English Camp

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( File photo)

Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada are once again celebrateing peace as they gather for the 18th Annual Encampment. The three day weekend started July 18th, runs to July 30, and includs recreations of mid-19th century Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, demonstrations of music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing, cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue.

Saturday evening will be the Candlelight Ball, scheduled at 8:00 p.m., in the English Camp barracks. The public is invited to join in the dancing and refreshments that will include the traditional cake and punch.

Wednesday, July 19th

Benefit For Hospice of San Juan

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Please join in for a fun and exciting evening as The Village at the Harbour, Saturday 22nd, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, transforms into a 1920's speakeasy complete with entertainment, signature cocktails and food, interactive photo booth and impersonators, silent auction, and much more to benefit Hospice of San Juan.


Just In Time For A Summer Bummer: More Ferry Problems

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(File photo of Yakima being towed from Friday Harbor March of last year - Jim Corenman photo)

No new vehicle reservations accepted until another vessel is available.

Five ferries typically sail between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands during the busy summer months, but the route went down to four ferries when the Yakima's generator failed on Sunday, July 16. Washington State Ferries put an emergency schedule (160\k file) into place through the end of July to maintain service until another vessel is available.

Maintenance crews are working to get another ferry ready to step in as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, July 18th

47th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

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(M. Forlenza photo)

Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 47th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 12. All eligible boats and crews are invited to participate.

Community Of Health Meeting

Representatives from the North Sound Accountable Community of Health will be visiting San Juan County on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, to host public informational sessions on state, regional and county-level efforts to improve health for people on Medicaid in Washington State.

Monday, July 17th

New Orcas WSF Terminal Open

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(WSF photo)

Almost in time for the busy summer season, Orcas Island has a new ferry terminal building. The public was invited to celebrate the opening of the new Orcas Island ferry terminal on Tuesday, July 11.

Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton and San Juan County Council Chair Rick Hughes spoke during the ceremony, which included tours of the new facility and refreshments.


Be A Live-In Camp Host

Ever dreamed of waking up with the sound of the ocean right outside your window? Do you enjoy working with others? Then SJC Parks is looking for you.

San Juan County Parks is looking for a camp host with a small RV or trailer to be a presence in San Juan County Park for the summer season, located on the west side of San Juan Island. Duties include but are not limited to: Informational resource for park campers and day users, assisting SJC Park Staff, and monitoring. Park hosting experience and public relation skills are a plus. Position is currently open to fill. Please contact or 360-378-8420 for more information.


Sunday, July 16th

SJI Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Charge

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(Public asking for lesser charges -IG photo)

Jose Cruz Churape-Martinez of San Juan Island has been sentenced to 274 days in county jail for Assault 4 with Sexual Motivation. He was sentenced July 12 in San Juan County Superior court by Judge Donald Eaton.

Churape-Martinez, 26 years old, was originally charged with Rape of a Child in the Third Degree, with a local 15 year old girl. The crime was committed in November of 2014, but after an investigation by Detective Parker, the same detective who later resigned due to misconduct in an unrelated case, the case never left the Sherriff’s office, so Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord was unaware of the crime.


Saturday, July 15th

Orcas Quarry Fire Extinguished

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( Contributed photo)

The lime quarry fire Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to Friday night fire at the base of Turtleback Mountain was fully extinguished at 4:50 pm Saturday, and all responders from Orcas Fire, Lopez Fire, San Juan Fire and Department of Natural Resources have been released from the scene. The coordinated effort of all four agencies resulted in both containment and rapid extinguishment.

Friday, July 14th

“Water Issues” Ed Kilduff Speaker At GOP Event

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The Hirst Decision allows government entities to block the drilling of wells if the well could conceivably impact local streams or rivers. On July 15th, 2 pm @ Earthbox conference room in F.H., the broadness and the chilling effect on rural development of this ruling is the topic of guest speaker Ed Kilduff.

Thursday, July 13th

“Art As A Voice” SJI Talk On First Nation Art

ig_A_ArtBy_Rande_Cook-001 (38k image) Rande Cook is an innovating force in Pacific NW Coast First Nation art. Join the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor as he discusses his work and inspiration. Cook is guaranteed to surprise and delight the audience with his bold vision, insight and humor at “Breath of Life.”


Tuesday, July 11th

New Law On Use Of Cell Phones

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(Gov. Jay Inslee signs new law in June of this year)

SJC Sheriff Ron Krebs is reminding drivers than on July 23rd, 2017 the new Distracted Driving law goes into effect. The new law makes it illegal to use hand held electronic devices while you are driving. You must now be 100% hands free at all times.

No hand-held cell phone use while driving.
• Even when stopped in traffics or at traffic light
• Includes all electronic devices even tablets, laptops and video games
• No typing messages or accessing information
• No watching videos or using cameras

Monday, July 10th

Plane Damaged In A “Ground Loop”

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A private plane landing at the Friday Harbor airport Monday afternoon (07-10-17) suffered damage to wing and landing gear when it -for whatever reason- performed a ground loop, which has the result of the pilot fighting to keep the plane moving in a straight line.

Sunday, July 9th

Address Markers Available On SJI

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(Karl Kuetzing With example post -IG photo)

San Juan Island EMS (Emergency Medical Services) are making available 30” tall residential markers with easy-to-read address numbers to assist Emergency Responders in locating addresses. Volunteers are available to install the posts if needed, but if a home owner decides to install them, they should “Call Before You Dig” by dialing “811” for a utility locate request, or to find out if they are exempt..


Saturday, July 8th

Almost Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems -And Then Some...

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

As a Real Estate Agent, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and their functions. The real estate industry isn’t just cars and contracts; it includes other really interesting stuff as well.

Friday, July 7th

Your Opinion On Ferry Fares? Speak Up Monday

Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. Public hearing will take place in Friday Harbor: 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, July 10, in the San Juan County Administrative Office Building, Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor

The commission’s proposal includes two ferry fare increases over the next two years. The commission proposed these increases after considering input from Washington State Ferries and the Ferry Advisory Committee on Tariffs. A summary of the ferry fare proposal is as follows:

Thursday, July 6th

Port Of Vancouver B.C. Addresses Ship & Boat Noise As A “Key Threat” To Whales

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( Screen grab of Mariner’s Guide cover)

Ship strikes, vessel disturbance, and underwater noise are key threats faced by whales, dolphins and porpoises off British Columbia and the Washington islands.

The Port of Vancouver has taken the proactive step of asked all commercial ships and recreational boats - regardless of size-, to not exceed 11 knots (12+ mph) from Aug. 7th to Oct. 6th ,while in Haro Strait and between Discovery and Henry islands. This amounts to asking ships and boats to go half as fast as is typically the norm.


Look For The Orange Tag On Copper Rockfish

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Sport fishers are helping local scientists track the movements and estimate numbers of Copper Rockfish in the San Juan Islands by reporting the size and location of tagged fish hooked and released as bycatch of the Lingcod fishery.

Wednesday, July 5th

SJ County & FH Council Special Meeting

The San Juan County Council will hold a joint meeting with the Town of Friday Harbor Council Thursday, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, in the Town Council Chambers, Second Street, Friday Harbor. The agenda is as follows:


Tuesday, July 4th

Port Of FH Welcomes New Director

ig_Todd_Nicholson-002 (27k image)The Port of Friday Harbor Commission and staff are pleased to welcome Todd Nicholson as the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor, beginning July 5. After evaluation of more than 35 applications from around the country, Todd was chosen as the most qualified candidate to lead the Port.

A native of the northwest, Todd graduated from Tillamook High School in Oregon. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor's of Science in civil engineering. He served in the infantry of the United States Army as a platoon leader, executive officer, and operations officer.

Monday, July 3rd

Ready For The 4th

The Grand Marshal and Honored Citizens for the 2017 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme “America…All That We Share”, the Grand Marshal will be Carolyn Haugen, a writer, educator, art enthusiast, community activist and volunteer. The 2017 Citizens of Honor will be Dr. John Geyman and Emily Reed Geyman.

Saturday, July 1st

Orcas Youth Suffers Fatal Fall

Conrad Hogle, 16yrs old, of Orcas island was found deceased Friday night in a wooded area behind his residence. It was determined that he had climbed a tree approximately 50-60 feet and then fell out of the tree, likely suffering fatal injuries as a result.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office had been contacted on Thursday night after Conrad had not returned prior to his curfew, and when his father found his cell phone outside of their house the Sheriff's office was notified.

He was last seen at around 6:30pm. After a search of the areas on Orcas where he was likely to go, the search was ended at around 11:30pm. Sheriff Ron Krebs stated "At this time we have no time of death and have ruled out any suspicious circumstances. It is believed to be a tragic accident. An autopsy will be conducted by the medical examiner to rule out any foul play. "


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