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Friday, August 23rd
Rotary's Concours d'Elegance Saturday
Time to put away your Fair ribbons and head to San Juan Vineyard, THIS Saturday, 11 AM - 3 PM, for the 13th annual Concours d'Elegance.
This year, the Concours will include the raffle of a Tesla (child's size) electric vehicle and silent auction of car memorabilia. Lunch will be served under the pavilion with musical entertainment by the Argyle St. Jazz Band. Beneficiaries: Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan, and PolioPlus of Rotary International. Car registration and further information at sanjuanconcours.org
Thursday, August 22nd
Photographers: Salish Sea Exploration
(Shown: Cy Scammell’s Kelp Cathedral )
Scientist and underwater photographer Bruce Kerwin says of his grand prize winning photo, Spiraling Octopus, “I am drawn to the free-flowing form of invertebrates beneath the Salish Sea.” For this shot, he had been shooting a Hooded Nudibranch toward the end of his dive day when a friend waved at him madly. A Giant Pacific Octopus was hunting just five feet away. Bruce got his impressive photo as the octopus coiled and uncoiled its arm.
Wednesday, August 21st
Coming Changes In Excise Tax Rates
By Merri Ann Simonson
There will be a major change in real estate excise tax taking effect January 1, 2020 for the State of Washington. I have provided a link below to the Senate Bill which created this change to a graduated tax rate.
The Excise Tax adjustment will affect what the seller pays. In January 2019 the tax went up for the buyers in our County with the addition of the Affordable Housing Tax (Buyer pays 99% of the .5% tax).
Tuesday, August 20th
Predicting Changes In The Salish Sea
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been working to study the sources of global change and variability, and their program of Climate Preparedness and Resilience the USACE has worked with other agencies, such as the Pacific Northwest National laboratory (PNNL) to develop science and engineering research on climate change to help to adapt to climate change impacts.
Monday, August 19th
Judge Rules Orca Initiative On Orcas & Boats Not Up To Local Voters
NWNN (NW News Network) reports A Skagit County Judge ruled in favor of four whale watching companies who wanted 650-yard buffer between boats and orcas. The full report from NWNN can be read HERE
Sunday, August 18th
Nash, Caines, & Price Sts Traffic Disruption Mon Through Fri
Traffic will continue to be disrupted this Monday, August 19th through Friday, August 23rd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Contractors prepare the cement treated sub-base for the roadway at the Caines and Nash Street Intersection, Nash Street and Price Street.
Preparation for the cement treated base is anticipated between August 19th-23rd.
Friday, August 16th
Baby Turtles Given As A Prize At Fair -What Were They Thinking?
Near closing time on Thursday evening, County Fair staff received a report that small turtles were being distributed as a prize in one of Paradise Amusements carnival games and that some of the turtles were being mistreated by the recipients, with some being thrown off of carnival rides.
Friday morning, staff investigated the situation with the carnival manager and with SJC Sheriff's Office resulting in the Carnival discontinuing that program. The County will be working with Paradise Amusements to eliminate the use of live animals in their contracted activities with San Juan County Fair.
Thursday, August 15th
Gov & Citizen Ranker Asked To Oppose State In Upcoming Wolf Kill
A Washington Judge has allowed the state to move forward on the killing of two Washington wolf packs, the OPT pack, and the entire Togo Pack.
Protect The Wolves has reached out to Governor Inslee, Senator John McCoy, and Kevin Ranker for this occasion to request their presence at this hearing, as well as their Press Conference for what is happening to Wolves, not only one of an invaluable Keystone Species,”but also Sacred to Traditional Native Americans” says Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Relations.
Orcas StoryFest: Shadows, Secrets and Other Stories and Songs
The 8th Orcas StoryFest, which begins August 23rd, will culminate in a concert at the Orcas Center the evening of August 24th.
After the island feasts on stories of wisdom and wit, on spirit and wisdom, and family stories, islanders Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec will bring their newest piece Shadows & Secrets to the Orcas Center, in addition to their guest featured artists Susan O’Halloran, national storyteller from Evanston, Illinois, and Gary Lapow, singer/songwriter from Berkeley, California.
Wednesday, August 14th
Public Input Wanted On State Parks Long-Range Strategic Planning
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning the process to develop the agency’s Public Input Wanted On State Parks Long-Range Strategic Planning and would like the public’s input.
The Commission values the public’s comments and encourages the public to help develop direction for the next 10 years. Information and feedback gathered will be used to finalize the strategic plan over the next several months. Stakeholders may provide feedback On Line.
Tuesday, August 13th
Blue Whales Off Washington Coast
(Mike Johnson photo)
Cascadia Researchhas reported that on July 24, Cascadia members Kiirsten Flynn and John Calambokidis sighted two blue whales feeding 17 nautical miles NW of Grays Harbor.
Blue whales are considered the largest animals that ever lived and are commonly seen off California, but sightings off Washington are rare, with a few seen in the last five decades.
Monday, August 12th
Got Bad Bugs- And Other Critters?
The Washington Invasive Species Council is asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful critters as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.
August is the peak time of year to look for invasive bugs and report any species that seem out of place. Trees near home and in neighborhoods, the “urban forest,” are as just as susceptible as trees in rural and wild forests.
Sunday, August 11th
49th Shaw Island Classic Race Results
The currents were strong, the winds light and temperamental, for the 48 sailboats in the 499h annual running of the Shaw Island Classic. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race is a highlight of the summer boating season, drawing sailors from throughout the region to circumnavigate Shaw Island. Racers can circle the island in either direction factoring in shifting winds, variable currents, narrow rocky channels and ferry traffic.
Thursday, August 8th
SJ Ag Guild Fundraiser Sunday
There will be an evening of celebration of San Juan County farming from past, present and future at the historic Straits View Farm on San Juan Island, Sunday (08-11-19). Join in for:
• Silent Auction Cocktail Party with local libations
• Harvest dinner hosted by local farmers and chefs from Market Chef and Duck Soup Restaurant
• Live Auction
• Barn Dance with music by River Rye Bluegrass
Wednesday, August 7th
Landowners Work To Recover Butterfly
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is announcing the start of open enrollment for San Juan and Lopez islands landowners who would like to participate in a voluntary program to help restore Island Marble Butterflies, a species that could soon be listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Island Marble Butterfly is found nowhere except on San Juan Island. Thought to be extinct since 1908, the butterfly was re-discovered by biologists during a prairie survey in San Juan Island National Historical Park in 1998, and a few years later on Lopez Island - but not seen again on Lopez Island since 2006.
Tuesday, August 6th
Three More Orcas Missing
The Center For Whale Research has reported that three adult killer whales, J17, K25, L84 and K84, from the Southern Resident whale population are missing, and as of July 1 they are presumed dead.
29-year-old male, L84, has also been missing all summer in encounters conducted by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans along the west coast of Vancouver Island. L pod has not come into the Salish Sea yet this summer. L84 was the last of a matriline of eleven whales, ten of whom died previously. Also missing is 28-year-old, K25, an adult male in the prime of his life who was not in good body condition last winter. He is survived by two sisters and a brother, K20, K27, and K34, respectively.
Make Sure Your Child Is Allowed To Attend School Starting Day 1
WA state laws around immunization records have changed!!! Returning students no longer have a thirty-day period to prove compliance with immunization laws before they may be excluded from public school.
Additionally personal/philosophical/religious exemptions are no longer allowed for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination (only religious membership exemptions will be allowed for this immunization requirement)
Monday, August 5th
Possible Drowning On Orcas
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office, along with Orcas Fire and EMS and the US Coast Guard are currently looking for an African American male, in his mid 30's, who fell off his paddleboard in Mountain Lake at Moran State Park.
At approximately 6:30 pm Monday night a call came into the Sheriff's Office of a male in the water. A second male unsuccessfully attempted a rescue. The US Coast Guard is responding with a helicopter and dive rescue team.
The victim is believed to not be wearing a life vest. A search is currently underway.
Sunday, August 4th
Wolf Post-Recovery Plan Development
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has opened a public comment period to gather input on how the department will manage wolves in Washington post-recovery.
Public input and feedback is vital to this effort. The public scoping comment period is open now through Nov.1, 2019.
Thursday, August 1st
19th Annual Jazz At The Labs
The 19th annual Jazz at the Labs is coming August 24, at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, who will again host this popular event, with dinner and amazing music. $40 per person (dinner & music)
This event will include a delicious and hearty dinner, served from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in FHL’s historic dining hall. Vegetarian dinners are available.