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Monday, October 29th
Have You Received Your Ballot?
All ballots were mailed on October 16. Yet an extraordinary number of late and misdirected ballots have been reported to the Elections Office this election.
Part of the problem was explained last week, when the Seattle Post Office acknowledged that a pallet of ballots had been mis-delivered.
Sunday, October 28th
SJI Rotary Club Presents Checks From 2018 Concours d'Elegance Fund Raiser
( L to R: Mariluz Villa & John Lackey of Hospice of SJuan; Brian Moore of Family Umbrella Group; Rotarian Paul Mayer for PolioPlus Fund, and Cindy Gutierrez of Family Resource Center.)
The Rotary Club of San Juan Islands recently presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from the 12th annual Concours d'Elegance held on August 26 at the San Juan Vineyards. The event was co-sponsored by the Sports Car Club of San Juan Islands. Each organization received $4517, PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International received $1,000.
EDC & Visitors’ Bureau Workshop
Marketing is changing at lighting speed due to rapid changes in platforms on the internet and social media. Business entrepreneurs can learn how to stay ahead of the changes by participating in a FREE workshop offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors’ Bureau, on November 6th, 2018, from 10-11a at Heritage Bank in Friday Harbor.
Thursday, October 25th
SJIMA Hires New Director
SJIMA (San Juan Islands Museum of Art) has announced the appointment of Peter Lane to the position of Director of Operations, as they transition from an all-volunteer staff,” said co-presidents of the Board, Karen Woldvedt and Diane Martindale.
Peter has been a volunteer at SJIMA for more than three years and a valued member of the Exhibitions Committee, Steering Committee and the Board.
Wednesday, October 24th
Comment On Orca Task Force Updated Draft Recommendations
Governor Inslee’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force is inviting public comment on the updated draft recommendations for actions to recover southern resident orcas. Initial potential recommendations were generated by the three Working Groups that advise the Task Force and were released for public comment on Sept. 24, 2018.
Tuesday, October 23rd
Jane Austen Meets the Royal Navy
Friends of the San Juan Island Library cordially invite you to "A Very British Evening: Jane Austen Meets the Royal Navy".
Join Heidi Green, a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. This event sponsored by the Friends of the SJI Library is in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the publication of "Persuasion".
7 pm Wednesday October 24, 2018 in the Library Salon, 1010 Guard Street.
SJI Rec Boy’s Basketball League
It is time to register for the Island Rec’s Boy’s Basketball League, open to all boys in grades 2 through 8. The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills.
Monday, October 22nd
Property Taxes Due October 31st
San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the second installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due October 31st. Please note that even if you deposit the envelope with your local post office, it may not be postmarked on the same day. Plan ahead and mail your property tax payments prior to October 30th to avoid the penalty and interest if the envelope is postmarked after October 31st.
Sunday, October 21st
World Polio Day - October 24, 2018
On October 24th Rotary International will celebrate World Polio Day to help raise awareness and the funding needed to reach full eradication. Since its formation in 2003, the Rotary Club of San Juan Islands has donated over $70,000 to ending polio.
Thursday, October 18th
Real Estate Market And Your Tax Assessment
By Merri Ann Simonson
All of us Island property owners received our tax assessment notices from the County recently. As real estate agents we have been fielding many questions about the statements and new assessments. As you may recall, the State has mandated that our Assessor’s office convert to an annual assessment update cycle versus the cyclical system we were on for years. The current values are for a one year period only and will be adjusted the next year.
Wednesday, October 17th
Countywide Chickenpox ALERT!
Nine school- and preschool-aged children have CONFIRMED cases of varicella (chickenpox) on Lopez, Orcas and Shaw islands, with additional possible cases awaiting evaluation from health care providers within the county.
Tuesday, October 16th
Yes For Homes, but NO to Prop 1
By Mike Carlson
While I agree that we could use more available housing in the islands in almost all forms, it’s been that way for as long as I can remember….we live on islands! Our mantra has been to fight growth and foster a tourism economy…Gee what happens then? Crowds, long ferry lines, VRBO’s (Vacation Rentals By Owners), and low paying, seasonal tourism jobs. All while making it harder to develop and create more available housing lots. We are where we are.
Monday, October 15th
Sculpture Commissioned Of Friday Harbor Founder Edward Warbass
(Clay model for bronze sculpture -contributed photo)
Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss has been selected by the Town of Friday Harbor to complete a life-size bronze sculpture of town founding father Captain Edward D. Warbass.
The piece will include Mr. Warbass sitting on a park bench with his dog, Bob, by his side. The artwork is scheduled for installation on the sidewalk at the First Street entrance to Sunshine Alley by summer 2019.
Thursday, October 11th
New Negative Impacts For WSF & SJC
Starting Monday, October 22, through Sunday, November 4, WSF will only offer three-boats for the islands, and will cancel the Sidney run during the same period.
And, they will suspend the making of reservations -a first come, first served basis only- due to the fact the reservation system can not be changed to meet the new schedule for that two week period.
The Olympic Class Samish (144 cars) and Issaquah Class Chelan (124 cars) will be assigned to the Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Orcas/Lopez/Shaw runs, with the Evergreen State Class Tillikum (87 cars) on the interisland route.
Wednesday, October 10th
Blessing of the Animals Saturday
The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:00 a.m. on the lawn of St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor at 425 Price Street. The event is free, open to the pubic with all types of animals are welcome. The more fur, feathers and scales the merrier.
Tuesday, October 9th
Know Your Island Walks
(photo by Zanzibar who forgot to write down names)
On September 22 seven brave folks, in spite of morning-long rains, met at Horsetrail Road for a tour of the Mitchell Hill area …led by a horse. The mare above is Zanzibar, a Tennessee Walker who did a fine job of leading the way and stopping to wait by her own command, if anyone got too far back.
Monday, October 8th
Community Workshops Start Oct. 10
San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) will hold Comprehensive Plan Community Workshops, starting October 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Fire Station #2, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound WA., followed by workshops on San Juan, Shaw and Waldron (Lopez was held September 27th)
Sunday, October 7th
Praying Mantis Eat Hummingbirds?
By Cynthia Brast
Lots of folks are commenting about seeing praying mantises on the island these past few weeks. Rumor has it they are an invasive species and they’re eating hummingbirds. While the part about them being non-native is true, I’m hoping to dispel some of the sensationalist hysteria about their presence on the island by offering an alternate perspective for you to consider.
Friday, October 5th
Hit & Run Constuction Flagger Arrested
At approximately 7:15am on Friday the 5th, a vehicle a vehicle being driven by a Friday Harbor woman struck a flagger on the Mike Carson Construction crew at the round-about in downtown Friday Harbor. After striking the flagger, the vehicle continued on, striking numerous other vehicles in the downtown core until driver was stopped and subdued by the construction crew.
The Sheriff’s arrived on scene shortly thereafter and took the female into custody. She was booked into the jail for vehicular assault and hit and run with injury. The flagger was transported to the Peace Island Medical Center for treatment.
Thursday, October 4th
On Saving The Moon Bears
San Juan Island resident, Jan Murphy, will be on-hand at the San Juan Island Public Library Monday, October 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 to give a presentation on Bear Bile farming and other animal welfare issues in China and Vietnam.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Concerns About Increase Of Growler Flights
(SDA video screen capture photo)
The Sound Defense Alliance had released the follow statement on their concerns on the Department of Defense expansion plans:
The Department of Defense released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Friday, September 28th proposing massive increases in geographic and operational activities across Puget Sound.
For decades, Northwest Washington State communities have partnered with the Military in protecting our national security. Now, our communities are collateral damage of the Growler Jet program because of the incredible noise, pollution, and economic impacts.
Tuesday, October 2nd
Fish For Teeth Taco Time Friday
Fish Tacos, Friday,October 5- SJI Community Theater - 11am-2pm - (or until GONE) - $8.00 Suggested Donation sponsored by and with proceeds to Fish For Teeth. Fish donated from Matt’s Fresh FishTime to chomp down a taco to help fix teeth of those in need: Fish for Teeth Fish Taco Fundraiser this Friday, October 5, 11-1:30 at the SJI Community Theater.
Since 2012, Fish for Teeth has been fixing the teeth of those who cannot otherwise afford dental care. Fish for Teeth is self-funded by fish tacos and direct donations so we don't have income parameters, or the red tape. In other words, if your teeth hurt and you can't afford to fix them, Fish for Teeth is here to help you.
Monday, October 1st
SJI Fall Farm Parade
(SJI Grange photo)
San Juan Island Grange will hold their 8th annual Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday, October 6th. The parade will stage from 1:30 to 2:30 at the Fairgrounds, and start onto Argyle Avenue at 2:30, heading down Spring Street turning onto First Street and finally turning onto Court Street to finish near the Grange Hall.