SJI Mt. Grant Walk Saturday

Know Your Island Walk Saturday August 25, 1-4 pm - Doug McCutchen with the Land Bank will take us on a walk on Mt. Grant (aka Lawson Ridge). He may show the progress on the trail system in the Mt. Grant preserve. Terrain is moderate mostly on road surfaces. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Meet at Mt. Grant parking area just off Beaverton Valley Road.

Seahawk Fan Fest Tonight

Calling All Twelves! Calling All Twelves! Thursday at the Fair is Seahawks FAN FEST! Or is it FAIR FEST? FAN FEST!
Bring your Seahawk Spirit, wear your Seahawks gear and meet a Seahawk, a SeaGal and DJ Supa Sam, official DJ for the Seahawks. Be there! Thursday Night from 8:00 to 9:00 on the Main Stage.

Enter A Car In SJI Concours

Get ready for Concours d’Elegance at San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, Aug. 26; 11 to 9. Enter a vintage car or even a less-than-perfect car.

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Still Looking For "Con" Argument

Voters in San Juan County will decide two local measures in the November election. (People who don’t vote won’t decide anything.) On Lopez, the annual one-year levy for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District will be on the ballot. The district is once again asking for $105,000 to support operations of the district.

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Join Home Trust At The Fair

The San Juan Community Home Trust will be at the Fair. They develop permanently affordable houses for islanders. Their housing is the “ultimate recycling project.” They will have pictures of their homes and neighborhoods. Board members will be on hand to answer questions and to tell you about their future plans.

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Fiber Optic Cable Repaired

The mainland fiber break in Anacortes has been fixed and fully restored. All Rock Island fiber customers are now back online. All T-Mobile cell phones remain online and are fully un-throttled.

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State Parks ‘Free Day’

To celebrate the National Park System’s 102nd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Saturday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

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Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan Information

Staff will brief the San Juan County Council and Planning Commission on the Draft Lopez Village Plan (Draft Plan) on August 17, 2017 at joint meeting. This meeting will be held in the County Council Chambers, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor. It will be live-streamed for on-line viewing.

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Kings& FH Marketplace Apologize For Supply Problem

The major supplier of NW independent grocery stores is undergoing a major warehouse and systems change, and this has complicating grocery delivery to the islands. The management of Kings Market and Friday Harbor Marketplace want to sincerely apologize for the supply shortages in the stores in recent weeks.

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Announcing SJI Community Foundation County Fair Match

All Fair-goers are invited to visit the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Fair booth next week in the main hall to learn about and boost support of eight special community projects. The Community Foundation is pleased to match 50 cents on every dollar raised until each project goal has been reached.

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Forestry Field Day For Woodland Owners

With an alarming increase in the number of dead trees throughout the islands, taking better care of forested areas is critical. Owners of wooded property in the San Juan Islands will build skills for caring for their land and trees at the San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day on Saturday, August 25th from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Thornbush Farm on San Juan Island.

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Let the Festival Begin!

With just 48 hours to go until the launch of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 21st Season, the staff and their invaluable, intrepid volunteers are ready for the festival to begin. Tickets Still Available:

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Fun Fair Activities

During Fair week, there are demonstrations, activities & games each day - for all ages. Check our Information Kiosks or online schedule at for more info! You won’t want to miss out on the fun! One example: The San Juan Nature Institute and Friday Harbor Labs are bringing a TOUCH TANK.

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Some Words Of Wisdom

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Hello there!

I’m Romina, and I’m new at the animal shelter.

Although I’m only about a year old, I’ve learned a lot in my life.

Allow me to share some words of wisdom:

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Buying Property in the San Juans

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Select an Agent to Represent You. As you may be aware, all of the brokerage firms on San Juan Island are members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service; therefore, any of the agents can assist you with any of the properties listed with Coldwell Banker or other brokerage firms

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SJ Island Walk Saturday

Know Your Island Walk Saturday July 28, 1-4 pm Roche Harbor Trails: Mike Buettell volunteer trail builder will lead us on a hike in the Roche Harbor Highlands and around Briggs Lake. Distance is 3.5 miles. Terrain is gentle wide trails. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Meet at park at the intersection of Roche Harbor and West Valley Roads.

San Juan County Orca Recovery Efforts

On August 2, Frances Robertson, the Marine Program Coordinator for San Juan County, will present “San Juan County Orca Recovery Efforts.” This lecture will be held at The Whale Museum at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2, as part of The Whale Museum’s Science Lecture Series.

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Boater Education Class

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Time: 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Location: Orcas Ferry Landing Community Room, Orcas Island
Cost: FREE, bring a sack lunch and beverage, coffee will be provided
Register: David Tribolet (360) 376-3994 or

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About Access To Mt. Grant (aka: Lawson Ridge)

Access to Mount Grant Preserve is via a private road, Richard Lee Lane, which is off West Valley Road. The current parking area and first 1/5 mile of road are on an easement over privately owned land.

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Get In Line For This One!

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Hello, World! My name is Banana and I’m new here. I’m the CEO in Charge of Cuteness here at the animal shelter.

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FH Talk On Permaculture

Islanders can produce an abundance of food for their families while restoring degraded lands and fighting climate change. Tall order, you say? Permaculture designer Keith Keyser will show how it has been done elsewhere and how it can be done here. Join Keyser on Wednesday July 25th at the San Juan Island Grange Hall for an informative talk on "Permaculture, or regenerative ecological agriculture and its promise for restoring a damaged planet".

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Shakespeare’s Tempest on SJI

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Shakespeare Under the Stars is back! Island Stage Left’s new production of The Tempest plays on San Juan Island July 19-August 12.

This is Shakespeare’s fantasy about a magical island populated by spirits, monsters, a duke-turned-magician, and a group of corrupt castaways including two vicious courtiers and a pair of inebriated underlings.

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Primary Election Begins Friday

Registered voters throughout Washington will soon be receiving ballots for the Aug. 7 Primary Election. Thanks to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Governor Jay Inslee, and county officials statewide, voters in every county can return their ballots via the U.S. Postal Service without having to pay for a stamp.

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Last Call For Island Writers

Last call for Island Writers & Learn How to Prepare Your Fair Entries. Still hear that beat? That should have been the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair.

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American Camp Wildfire Contained

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On Sunday, July 15th, 2018, a historic weapons artillery demonstration caused a wildland fire at American Camp within San Juan Island National Historical Park. National Park Service personnel called 911, and San Juan Fire District #3 responded.

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Virgin Mary Statue Returns

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A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stolen from St. Francis Catholic Church in Friday Harbor has been returned to the church.

Information as to where it went, and by whom, has not been released by the church.

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Showcasing Community At Fair

We are one community here in the San Juans. Sure, we have Orcas, San Juan, Waldron, Lopez, Shaw, Stuart and 122 other islands that have names, but we are still ONE community with many personalities.

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Looking For Good Times

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My name is Coco. I believe that just because something is a terrible idea doesn’t mean it won’t be a really good time. If you agree, we should meet. I’m here at the animal shelter, waiting for you to come and share your ideas with me. I know we could have a good time together. Let’s go find some adventures together!

The Tempest 7-11 At Doe Bay

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Twenty years ago ISL (Island Stage Left) performed Shakespeare’s magical play about forgiveness as its opening production. With magic, spirits, love, treachery and forgiveness, this is Shakespeare’s last solo work and one that has delighted and inspired all audiences, no matter what their age or background.

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Conversations With Gee’s Bend Friday

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Friday May 25th, 2018 - Monday September 3rd, 2018: Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee's Bend are "Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces."

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FH Parade Winners

$600 Best use of THEME - Float - San Juan Community Theatre
· $400 Best use of THEME - Non-Float - Community Marching Band
· $300 Best use of THEME - Children/Youth - The Rock Shop Villa
· $300 Judges Special Choice - Boo Boo’s Women and Girl’s Boxing
· $200 Best Costumed Group - The Pirates
· $200 Best Animal/Animal Group -" The Golden Retrievers
· $200 Best Off-Island Entry - Cousins Across the USA
· $100 Best Vehicle -" Wally Weaver

Volunteer Of The Month

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is announced Myla Sowder Settles as the Volunteer of the Month for June. Myla has been volunteering at the animal shelter for several months and is a favorite of all the pets there, as well as staff. Myla can be counted on to help walk dogs, socialize cats and do some of the more un-pleasant tasks like litter box cleaning and laundry. Volunteers like Myla help save lives and the animal shelter is very grateful for her service.

Superior & Juvenile Court Celebrates Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers.

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The Washington Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care proclaimed June Washington’s Family Reunification Month, to commemorate parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles.

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We -Really - Don’t Care…

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It’s true. Cats know what you’re thinking and feeling. We know your fondest desires and deepest emotions. We know your likes and dislikes; your hopes and your dreams. We don’t care, but we know.

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Birthday Party for The Whale Museum July 8th

The Whale Museum is having a party to celebrate its 39th Birthday. The event will take place on Sunday, July 8th from noon until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Legion, next door to the museum.

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Fresh Bucks Program on SJI

Nourish to Flourish - Coalition to End Hunger on San Juan Island is offering $20 Fresh Bucks at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op starting July 1.

The Fresh Bucks Program’s goal is everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. Nourish to Flourish is helping Basic Food customers stretch their dollars to make healthy food more affordable.

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Steve Brandli Announces Candidacy For SJC District Court Judge

ig_Steve_Brandli-001 (26k image)Steve Brandli is running in the November 6th election for San Juan County’s next District Court judge. Judge Stewart Andrew, the current District Court judge, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. District Court hears misdemeanors, small claims, protection orders, infractions, and other civil matters.

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Calling All Island Writers!

Hear that beat? That should be the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair.

Deadline for the Written Word entries is July 20th. So, polish up those writings -Prose, Poetry, Writing for Children- from the last two years, and postmark them to Island Writers, SJC Fair, POB 1094, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or email them to by July 20th. Check out the premium book: Island Writers (Z -as in ZZ Top?) is on pages 36-37. Questions? 378-4130.

Fair Food and Fund Raising

The 2018 San Juan County Fair is fast approaching. Different people associate different things with the Fair. For some it is the carnival. For others it is 4-H events, and for even more it is seeing your friends who you haven’t seen since last year’s fair. For me it is the food.

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Restraining Order Requested Against County

Nick Power has filed a Temporary Restraining Order against San Juan County and its Auditor Milene Henley in federal district court in Seattle, asking for the immediate removal from the official homepage of San Juan County an “op-ed” piece written by the County Auditor related to posting of political signs.

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