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Wednesday, November 28th
New Home For The Holidays & Clearance Sale
The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor plans to have all current dog and cat residents moved into the new animal shelter at 938 Cattle Point Road by the end of this week.
In order to allow the animals to acclimate to their new living quarters, the shelter will be open by appointment only beginning Friday, November 30 through Friday, December 7.
Tuesday, November 27th
Fairgrounds Flea & Craft Market Saturday
Getting antsy about the Winter Flea & Craft Market at the Fairgrounds? Be sure to mark your calendars for December 1st and buzz over to the Fairgrounds this Saturday from 9am-1pm. The American Legion Auxiliary booth will be open for breakfast & lunch from 8:30am - 1:00pm and proceeds will go towards their scholarship fund, which is open to all seniors. 4H will be selling baked goods, and the Class of 2019 will be selling holiday wreaths.
Sunday, November 25th
SJI Museum of Art Celebration For The Community
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is presenting “A Celebration For The Community” opening December 20, 2018 and running until January 21, 2019.
The exhibitions feature the works of local artists Sam Connery and Mary Ann Rock, and also include Spring Street School Student Art.
“Complete Streets” For San Juan County Proposed
Dave Zeretzke of San Juan Island Trails sent out a notice that On Tuesday, November 27th at 9:15 at the San Juan County Council Meeting Room, the three San Juan County Council members will take public testimony about a proposed ordinance to adopt Complete Streets principles in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Wednesday, November 21st
Season’s Biggest Tides Are Coming
Head outdoors this holiday season and help build a picture of the future
King tides, the annual extreme-high tides that occur whenever the moon is closest to Earth, are a dramatic feature of Washington winters - and a glimpse of what our future in Western Washington may look like as sea levels rise. This holiday season (November 23-30, 2018), provides a great opportunity for people to capture these extreme tides and help scientists assemble a preview of shorelines to come.
Tuesday, November 20th
Retrospective Of Artist Nicola Wheston
(Nicola Wheston -detail of contributed photo below)
Artist Nicola Wheston is not afraid to talk trash, but her latest exhibit, Stuff: We Become Our Things, does the trash talking for her. Recording the stuff we have, what surrounds us, and the things we see in our everyday lives, Wheston’s new work shifts our focus onto the tidal wave of waste created in a consumerist society.
Monday, November 19th
Quick Titles Now Available
(L to R: Ryan Palmateer Oren Comb s& Kira Sable - SJC Auditor photo)
Ever needed that car or boat license in a hurry, only to be told it would take six to eight weeks to arrive? Now, San Juan County residents can walk away from the licensing counter with a clean, valid, same-day Washington State “Quick Title.” This new service is available at the San Juan County Auditor’s Office to qualifying vehicle and vessel owners.
Sunday, November 18th
Orca Task Force Report Published
(Task Force Report photo)
The Governor’s Task Force charged with developing long-term action recommendations for orca recovery and future sustainability has released it’s report and recommendations (pdf (2319\k file).
The report recommends four goals:
Increase Chinook abundance.
Decrease disturbance of and risk to orcas from vessels and noise, and increase their access to prey.
Reduce the exposure of Southern Resident orcas and their prey to contaminants.
Ensure that funding, information and accountability mechanisms are in place to support effective implementation.
Thursday, November 15th
SJ Island Rec- First Aid and CPR
If you missed out on the September session of First Aid and CPR, Island Rec and EMS were able to add another class in December. Upon successful completion of this class you will walk away with life-saving skills and a First Aid certification from the American Heart Association that is valid for two years.
Wednesday, November 14th
SJI Holiday Arts and Crafts + food.
Shop locally for the holidays in Friday Harbor at the Mullis Communtiy Center’s annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair. There will be a full house of local artists and crafters as well as some amazing food to eat in or take out. You’ll be able to find something unique and special for just about everyone on your list: from jewelry, textiles, fine art and home decor to cards, ornaments, soaps, lotions, potions, and more. Additionally, the senior class will be selling evergreen wreaths and taking orders for pumpkin pies.
Tuesday, November 13th
2019 Dog Licenses Available November 26
(Auditor’s Office employees Jo George and Oren Combs issue 2019 dog tag #1 to local canine Charley Goddu
Charley Goddu, a 10-year old poodle mix, received the first dog license of 2019 at the San Juan County Auditor’s office. Charley, a former rescue dog, was adopted in 2015 by Peter Goddu and Margaret Langlie at the Skagit Humane Society.
Monday, November 12th
PeaceHealth Guardian of Excellence Award
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash., has been named a 2018 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey.
This award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors health care facilities who consistently achieved performance in the top five percent in patient experience of Press Ganey client health care facilities nationwide.
Sunday, November 11th
LWV Hosts Book Discussion
The League of Women Voters’ November program (12:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the SJI Library) will be a discussion of sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild’s “Strangers in Their Own Land,” 2018 edition.
Like many, Hochschild wanted to come up with useful ways to work toward healing the nation’s divide.
Thursday, November 8th
Canada Refuses Emergency Order For Orcas
Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance has announced the federal government has refused to issue an emergency order to protect endangered killer whales under the Species at Risk Act, despite the Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, and of Environment and Climate Change making a recommendation for one.
Wednesday, November 7th
SJI Firefighters Rescue Cowboy
(Photo by Firefighter Cy Scammell)
By Carolyn Hudson
When Cowboy toppled down a 30-foot cliff Monday night, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Firefighters were there to save him in the dark of night.
Gretchen Bailey said her hearing- and vision-impaired 14-year-old golden retriever got confused and ended up falling down the cliff on the island’s west side before she could reach him.
Firefighter Craig McConnell and Lt. Michael Henderson rappelled down the rocky wall to Cowboy using an intricate rope and pulley system set up by several firefighters. The rising tide was beginning to splash onto Cowboy who lay there motionless, tired and scared when the firefighters reached him.
Tuesday, November 6th
Report Dead, Sick, Or Injured Swans
(Mary Kalbert photo)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has re-established a hotline to report dead, sick, or injured swans in three northwest Washington counties as part of its ongoing effort to assess the impact of lead poisoning on trumpeter and tundra swans.
State wildlife managers ask that people call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266 to report dead, sick, or injured swan. Callers should be prepared to leave a short detailed message including their name and phone number, along with the location and condition of the swans.
Monday, November 5th
Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day Saturday
On Saturday, November 10 there will be a first-ever region wide day of action to connect people to Puget Sound, the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the work that is needed to do to save them.
Sat, Nov 10th, rain or shine, so prepare activities for inclement weather San Juan Island, Jackson Beach Friday Harbor.
Free Dictionaries To Students
(Barbara Fagan -Contributed photo)
The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.
Pictured are the 3rd grade students of Noel Harvey, Kim Warin, and Tessa Gavre. The kids are excited to receive dictionaries of their own. Rotary Club of San Juan Islands have given over 3,000 dictionaries to students countywide for over 10 years under the leadership of Barb Fagan, Literacy Chair.
Sunday, November 4th
NOTE: Do not mail your ballot after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, because it will not be postmarked in time to be counted.
If you cannot mail your ballot by, or before, 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, you can put it in the Ballot Drop Box next to the sidewalk by the Sheriff’s office at the court house.
Friday, November 2nd
Take The Poll On Comp Plan
If you were unable to attend the Comprehensive Plan update community workshops in September and October, please take the online survey here: //www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7MPCCX. The survey will be available through November 30, 2018.
The county conducted polling during the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan update community workshops. These questions were conceived out of previous public outreach and public comments and were designed to help staff develop preliminary proposals to update goals and policies. The Comprehensive Plan update will guide San Juan County through 2036.