Master Gardener 2019 Interns

ig_MG_Class_2019-001 (94k image)Congratulations to the 28 community members who completed 60 hours of classroom and online training on vegetable and fruit gardening, use of native plants, forestry, ornamental and landscape gardening, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and integrated pest management, soils and more to become WSU Master Gardener Interns.

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Get Ready: FH Soap Box Race

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The fourth running of the now famous Island Rec Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 19. This is a classic old-fashioned ‘gravity’ race where people run their homemade non-motorized contraptions down Grover St. by the elementary school.

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Property Taxes Due April 30 Plan Ahead Mail Early

San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30.
If you mail, MAIL EARLY - all San Juan County mail goes to Seattle for processing.

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Say Goodbye To Dating

ig_SO_PetWeek-Arlo-002 (56k image)Ladies, are you tired of one-night stands and awkward blind dates?
Look no further. . . I’m Arlo, your knight in shining armor waiting for you at the APS-FH.
I’m a true gentleman that doesn’t kiss and tell and promise I always put the toilet seat down.
To make it a date, visit me at our gorgeous new pad located at 938 Cattle Point Road Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Or call my staff at 360.378.2159 - See You Soon!

Call For SJI Trail Volunteers

The SJI Trails committee will have a work party next Tuesday, April 16th, from 4-6pm on San Juan Island. Meet at the golf course parking lot at the south trailhead of the 1/4 mile Minnie Mae trail. (This is a section of the American Camp Trail).

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Possible Changes To Clean Water Rule

The Washington Department of Ecology is notifying the public that it appears the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to reverse the clean water rule in Washington state. EPA’s 30-day comment period began April 8, 2019, without notification to Ecology, tribes, or the public.

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SJI Fire Training Sunday Mullis & Argyle

an Juan Island Fire and Rescue is conducting a live fire training in the wooded area east of the District’s main station, 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor, Sunday, April 14, 2019.
The live fire training is scheduled between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. During that time residents will see smoke in the area around Mullis Street and Friday Harbor Airport.

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WiFi Hotspots Available On SJI

San Juan Island Library announced today that it is making available WiFi hotspots. People over the age of 18 can check out a hotspot device for three weeks to receive internet service via a cell tower. The program is free of charge, and is partially supported by a San Juan Island Community Foundation grant.

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Time To Vote In OPACO Election

The 2019 OPALCO Board of Directors Election is open now through April 10, 2019, 10:00 AM.

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Table Tennis Tournament Winners

Congratulations to first place Marcus Lum of Mount Vernon, second place Joe Kantor of Anacortes, and third place San Juan Island local Roger Paul for being big winners in the 8th Annual Table Tennis Tournament this weekend in SJ Island Rec Singles bracket.

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SJI Park Looking For "Teacher Ranger Teacher Program

ig_G_NP_TeacherRanger-001 (36k image)San Juan Island National Historical Park announces that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program. Teacher Ranger Teacher is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado-Denver (CUD).

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APSFH Volunteer Of The Month

ig_SO_StorrieArnold-001 (45k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced that Storrie Arnold is the Volunteer of the Month for April.

Storrie became a volunteer at the animal shelter at the beginning of the year and has been a wonderful addition to the organization. She visits the shelter each week to walk and socialize with the dogs and cats. She is also very helpful with cleaning and does not mind washing windows! Storrie is super sweet and a real joy to be around.

Just In Time For Summer

ig_SO_PetWeek-Sister-001 (59k image)YES, IT’S TRUE - Swimsuit season is right around the corner and I am ready to hit the beach! If you would like to hang out with me in the sun, maybe share a glass of lemonade, come on over to the animal shelter. My name is Sister, I will be the one wearing a yellow tankini.

Wolf Hollow Open House Saturday

ig_WH_Logo-002 (40k image)Have you ever wondered where seal pups housed, or what enclosures are needed to rehabilitate eagles?

Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM is an opportunity to find out.

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SJ Writer Demuth On Orcas Lit Fest Panel

San Juan Island writer Cere Demuth will be featured at the Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) as a panelist on Saturday, April 6. She will join Heart Berries memoirist Terese Marie Mailhot, Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, and Kickflip Boys author Neal Thompson on the Orcas Center Main Stage at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday.

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Safe On The Rocks

April 6th is the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k race. Orcas is April 13, and Lopez on April 20. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Larsen To View A War Never Ends At SJIMA

ig_IMA-TheWarThatNeverEnds-001 (75k image)The San Juan County Council will be attending a community event with Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) to visit the opening of A War Never Ends presented by the San Juan County Vietnam veterans and American Legions at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm. Following the exhibition tour on Saturday, April 6 at 3:15 pm, Larsen will talk informally with veterans, their families and visitors.

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April 4th is Arbor Day in Friday Harbor

The Town of Friday Harbor will celebrate its second annual Arbor Day this Thursday, April 4, 2019. The public is invited to join in recognizing the event.

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Citizen’s Advisory Group Final Report Tuesday

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding a Special Board Meeting jointly with San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 3 on April 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m., to be held at the Fire District offices located at 1011 Mullis Street. The Town of Friday Harbor is also sending a representative. The purpose of this meeting will be to hear the final report of the Citizen’s Advisory Group.

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Open Positions On FH Arts Commission.

The Town is accepting applications for two open positions on the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art.

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Hearing on the Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan

Amendments and the addition of new development regulations to San Juan County Code Title 18, and new standard plans and an implementation plan are proposed. Amendments and additions to the SJC Comprehensive Plan are also included in the proposed ordinance. See the proposed ordinance at

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SJI Safe On The Rocks 5k

ig_SO_SafeSJs_LOGO-001 (22k image)April 6th is set for the SAFE San Juans’ third annual Safe on the Rocks 5k. This is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This well-lit fun run and walk will feature glow sticks, glow paint and a post-race event with music, snacks, and more. SAFE on the Rocks will have something fun for everyone.

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Fairgrounds Flea & Craft Market

Mark your calendars, our Spring Flea & Craft Market will be on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00am until 1:00pm in the main building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Booth space for Flea & Craft Market vendors is $27, which includes one 8’x 30” table & two chairs.

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Dental Van To FH & Lopez

The SmileMobile, a three chair mobile dental van which travels the state offering dental services to children, teens and pregnant women who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Friday Harbor the week of April 8 - 12, 2019 and on Lopez Island the week of April 15-19, 2019.

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$1,000 + Youth Leadership Camp

ig_B_OPALCO_YouthLeaderCamp-001 (55k image)OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households.

Applications are available online at and are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 12th.

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Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF), an annual celebration of literature and community is continuing its commitment to children and families by offering its second annual Kids’ Fest featuring an open mic for kids and teens during the Lit Walk on Friday, April 5, 5-6 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall. Kids of all ages can read an original poem, an essay or an excerpt from their own fiction or nonfiction work. To reserve a spot at the open mic, e send your proposed reading and contact details to by Monday, March 25

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SJI Park & Rec Commission Vacancy

San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Jacquelyn Reiff’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2019 election.

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Free Basic Boater Education Class

ig_CG_Aux_BoatingClass-001 (41k image) The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is offering a free Washington State Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island, April 4 and April 11, 2019 at Skagit Valley College, SJC. The classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the class is free.

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Low Voltage/Fiber Optic Training

he San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is partnering with Rock Island to offer free training in low voltage wiring and fiber optic installation at Friday Harbor High School this April. This latest class in the EDC’s Trades Education Initiative is sponsored by the Washington State Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund, the Washington State Department of Commerce, Rock Island, and the San Juan Island School District.

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FHES Breakfast Fund Raiser

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Come out and support the Friday Harbor Elementary PTO and 5th grade science Saturday March 23 8:00-11:30a in the FH Elementary cafeteria. Tickets are available at the Scholastic Book Fair being held at the Elementary School March 19-22, at Marketplace March 12th & 16th, and in the ES office. $8.00 individual & $25.00 family OR $10.00 each at the door.

Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses

The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management and Economic Development Council are teaming up to present a training on Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses. This concise class will provide basic information about the risks to the islands, and will offer some simple tools and approaches to help businesses prepare.

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New Attorney In Town

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( L to R: Mary Stone, Robert Bullock -contributed photo)

Local long-time attorney Mary Stone has announced her firm is expanding with the addition of her new law partner, Robert Bulloch. The firm will now be known as Stone & Bulloch, P.S. “Bob brings over 20 years of legal experience as a litigator and trial attorney along with extensive experience serving clients in estate planning, probate, real estate and elder law”, says Stone

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Volunteers Wanted For New County Disability Advisory Committee

Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.

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Spring SJI Community Dinner BBQ Wednesday

It’s still too cold to eat outside, so join the FHHS Commons on March 13th from 5:30 -7:30.
The BBQ menu includes BBQ Chicken - oven-roasted chicken legs and thighs served in housemade BBQ sauce & Pulled Pork Slider - smoky shredded pork shoulder served with a housemade roll; and more:

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5 Stars For Lopez Community Land Trust

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Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) teamed up with SAGE Building Solutions, Vandervort Architects and Balderston Associates to build three new homes that have received Certification under Built Green 5 Star, ENERGY STAR Homes, Indoor Air Plus, and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes programs. (

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Looking For Work?

If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and looking for a job, there are employers in San Juan County eager to talk to you.

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Navy, Once Again, Lends A Hand

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez Island, Wash., Friday, March 8, 2019.

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Children’s Festival Contest

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SJI’s 29th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 4th, 2019. I am Super is this years theme, & Island Rec needs help to design the poster for this year’s Festival. Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme.

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Add Your Farm To A Tour?

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As we begin the transition back to the warmer months, there are preparations underway to organize the 2019 San Juan County Farm Tours. These annual tours are an important (and fun!) way of showcasing the agricultural heritage of our beautiful islands, providing a valuable source of marketing and visibility both to tourists and fulltime island resident and strengthening connections with our local food systems.

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Grants For Farms & Forests

The state Recreation and Conservation Office is accepting grant applications now in three different programs: 1) to conserve working farms; 2) to conserve working forests; and 3) to build facilities for large boats.

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State Senator Liz Lovelett Coming To FH

ig_Liz_Lovelett-002 (24k image)Liz Lovelett of Anacortes was appointed last month as a new state senator, replacing Kevin Ranker . She will be appearing at the San Juan County Democrats meeting Saturday, March 9, in the community room of Skagit Valley College at 11:45 in Friday Harbor. This will be a regular business meeting, but she will have some time to introduce herself and answer questions to the members of the Party.