Native Plant Sale In September

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to purchase locally grown wildflowers native to San Juan County. The Land Bank is hosting three sales in September featuring native plants produced by the Salish Seeds Project. Nursery gates will open to the public September 8th on San Juan Island, with pop-up sales Sept. 21 on Lopez and Sept. 28 on Orcas.

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SJISD Griffin Bay School Open Doors Program

San Juan Island School District announces the opening of the “Open Doors Program”. This student re-engagement program will begin on Tuesday September 9, 2019.

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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

Mullis Center Parking Lot Sale Saturday

Don’t miss out on the Mullis Center’s Annual Parking Lot Sale, Saturday 08-24-19. Much more than a mega “garage” sale, there will also be collectables and crafts inside the building. A few items worth mention include: commercial kitchen equipment, furniture, flat screen TVs, toys, games, books, a vintage Mahjong set, plus antiques, art, decorating items, plus much more. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm August 24.

4 SJC Sewer Treatment Plants Found To Be “Outstanding”

2018 Outstanding Performance Wastewater Treatment Plant Award Recipients in San Juan County are Eastsound Wastewater Treatment Plant; the Orcas Village Wastewater Treatment Plant; Fisherman Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, & the Roche Harbor Resort Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Looking For Ballot Arguments

Do you love a good argument? Then your County needs you!
Looking For Ballot Arguments
This November, there will be seven local measures on the general election ballot. Those measures are:

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New Building For Friday Harbor

Skagit Valley College Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) has announced that they have received a notice of award from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and will receive a grant totaling $7,817,445 for Early Head Start and Head Start, and will also provide money for the purchase of a new modular building to replace the current older modular in Friday Harbor.

Hearing 8-19 On Lopez Village Plan

San Juan County Council will continue their July 8, 2019, public hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance regarding the creation of a new Lopez Village Subarea Plan, new development regulations for the Lopez Village urban growth area.

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Virtual Reality At SJI Library

During the past summer San Juan Island Library has been offering opportunities to explore Virtual Reality, courtesy of the Washington State Library and Oculus Inc. This has been very popular and has appealed to people of all ages (although restricted to people over 13 years old).

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Bruce Hansen

ig_O_Bruce_Hansen (51k image)Bruce Hansen passed away on July 5, 2019. He would want everyone to:

- honor your commitments;
- pay your bills on time;
- practice random acts of kindness*; and
- remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

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SJI Health Survey Coming

Long-term care needs in our community continue to be studied and the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation (IIHF) has sponsored a feasibility study to plan for present and future needs.

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“Islands Heartbeats SJI” On Sat

ig_Julie_Corey-001 (42k image)(press release) “Islands Heartbeats” is an unforgettable photographic journey through the natural wonders of San Juan Island, Washington. Written and photographed by Julie McIntire Corey.

This is the must-have book of the summer, Islands Heartbeats is 272 pages with 300 spectacular photographs and stories that will make your heartbeat.

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$22,500 Matching Grants At Fair

Once again you’ll have a chance to support your favorite local nonprofits at the San Juan Community Foundation fair booth. Every year, SJICF offers a special matching grant opportunity during the 4 days of the fair. 50 cents on every dollar raised at the booth between August 14th and 17th will be matched by SJICF until each of the 9 featured projects meet their $5,000 fundraising goals.
This year’s featured San Juan Island nonprofits include:

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Attorney Higginson Elected State Bar Assn Governor

ig-Carla_J_Higginson-001 (37k image)Long-time Friday Harbor attorney Carla J. Higginson has been elected as the first San Juan County member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in the 86-year history of the Association. Her district includes San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish Counties.

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Have A Fun Time Supporting Wildlife

Join a fun evening in the lavender fields of Pelindaba August 9th, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm to enjoy delicious appetizers, drinks, music, unique silent auction items and special visitors, like Madrona, Wolf Hollow Rehabilitation Center's Red Tailed Hawk. All for the love of wildlife that need your help. Click HERE to purchase a ticket.

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Happy Birthday Coast Guard

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(25' Response Boat -USCG file photo)

Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue-Marine, it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue-Marine, whose original purpose was collecting customs duties in the nation's seaports.

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Locals Appointed To Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program

Lopez Island residents, Carol Noyes and Gabe Strand, have been selected for the Washington State Heritage Apprenticeship Arts Program, a statewide program celebrating and supporting traditional arts.

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42nd Annual 8.8K Loop Run

42 Years Running: Island Rec and Xtreme Fitness invite you to take part in the 42nd Annual Friday Harbor 8.8k Loop Run/Walk scheduled for a 9:00am start on Saturday, 2019. People of all ages enjoy running or walking in this race.

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FOL Annual Book Sale Saturday

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday August 3 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is the 40th anniversary book sale for the Friends

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African Music Duo at FHPC

ig_Lasana_Kanneh-001 (78k image) Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a visiting gospel concert, IJenNeh, to be held Sunday, August, 4th, at 4pm in the sanctuary, featuring Lasana Kanneh as lead. All are welcome, bring your family and friends. He will also worship at the normal 10:00 a.m. service.

IJenNeh (which means “Heaven” and is pronounced “eye-gin-nay”) began as “Echoes of the Blind.”

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Dog Rescued From Water

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An older boxer/poodle somehow jumped off a boat between Vancouver Island and San Juan Island but according to a report in the Vancouver Courier was spotted by another boat and rescued.

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Washington’s 2019 Primary Election

Ballots began arriving in mailboxes across the state this week for the 2019 Primary Election and voters may notice some changes. As counties implement the new voter registration laws to expand voter convenience, election officials are also increasing ballot security with technology.

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Thank You For Lemonade Sales

ig_SO_LemonaidFundRaiser-001 (29k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor sends warm thanks to Bella, the granddaughter of APS-FH supporter and animal lover Daryl Grazia, for her hard-earned June gift.

Bella, while visiting San Juan Island for a couple weeks this summer engaged in entrepreneurial activity; opening a lemonade stand to raise funds for the APS-FH.

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No Bunnies At Fair This Year Due To Concerns Of Disease

ig_Rabbit-001 (30k image)Due to the news that there has been a confirmed case of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) on Orcas Island (Related Story), and is fatal and extremely contagious, Jennifer Rigg, the Open Rabbit/Cavy superintendent for the fair states she as been advised by the Washington State Veterinarian (WSDA), Amber Itle, that the rabbit show at the San Juan County Fair should be canceled for this year. However, the Open Division Cavy show will be held.

Orcas Cider & Mead Festival

On Saturday (07-27-19) cider and mead producers from the Pacific Northwest will flock to beautiful Orcas Island, to the Eastsound Village Green from 11 AM-4 PM, not only to taste a stunning array of ciders and meads, but will be supporting Orcas Island Children’s House. Read all about it HERE.

Navy Takes Environmental Stewardship Seriously

By Admiral Christopher Gray

Recent allegations challenging the Navy’s operation of the Growler EA-18G aircraft have created a great deal of public interest in the Navy’s operations in the Pacific Northwest, and I would like to discuss a few key facts regarding the Navy’s mission and environmental stewardship on Whidbey Island in particular.

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Doctors Training In Rural Emergency Medicine At Peace Health

This summer marks the fifth year of a unique collaborative Rural Emergency Medicine Clinical Experience between Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, and the Emergency Medicine Physician Specialty Residency of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

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Orcas Rotary Pickleball Fund Raiser

ig_S_Pickleball-001 (19k image) The Orcas Rotary Pickleball Tournament is right around the corner on July 27th. Have you registered yet?

If you haven't registered and would like to, registration is now here: You can also register as a Tournament Sponsor through the online system.

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Student Filmmaker Award Entries Open

Friday Harbor Film Festival is seeking entries into the 2019 competition for the László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award. Recognizing young talent in filmmaking, it will be presented to the creator of the best student short film during the Festival to be held October 25-27.

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Concerns On Cybersecurity Threats To Election

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is reminding lawmakers of emerging cybersecurity threats in an open letter to legislators and county election officials sent today. The state’s top election official underscored why modernizing technology this year is imperative.

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Last Call For Writers

The wheel is turning ever closer, and all you Island Writers should be cultivating your entries for the 2019 “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” San Juan County Fair!
But wait, it’s not too late!

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Old Military Road Trail Committee Formed

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(Old Military Road near Zylstra Lake -contributed photo)

On June 13, a group of San Juan Islanders met with the Board of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) seeking to be recognized as an official committee of Island Rec to explore the feasibility of creating a new trail connecting the two camps of San Juan Island National Historical Park - English Camp and American Camp.

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Rotary Donates To FOLKS

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( photo by Carla Wright)

Erin Corra (right in photo), Founder/Director of Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) received a check for $200 from Rotary Club President, Tom Sibert and Barb Fagan, baker extraordinaire of 200 cookies sold to benefit FOLKS during the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial Celebration held on June 30th.

Real Estate Sales Down 26%

IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $54,508,838 with a total of 81 transactions. The numbers reflect a 4% decrease in dollar volume and a 26% decrease in the number of transactions as compared to the same period in 2018.

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"Space Lady” to Perform at Alchemy Art Center

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Alchemy Art Center will host living outsider music legend, Susan Dietrich, known by most as The Space Lady, for an unforgettable performance on Tuesday, July 16th at 8pm.

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Two Beers & SeaDoc Team Up

ig_C_two-beers-seadoc-ipa-001 (58k image)Two Beers Brewing Co. has announced a partnership with SeaDoc Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.

SeaDoc Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education. While the Southern Resident Killer Whale IPA focuses on the dire situation of the of this population of orcas, SeaDoc Society takes a multi-species approach, striving to find science-based solutions for marine wildlife in the Salish Sea.

Fair Superintendents Needed

Do you have a passion for Fine Arts, Food Preservation or Sheep? The San Juan County Fair is still seeking open class department superintendents for the Fine Arts, Food Preservation (Co-Superintendent) & Sheep. Open class department superintendents oversee the organization of volunteers during fair, may assist in finding department judges, and help with department layout, intake on entry day, Tuesday, August 13th & pickup on Sunday, August 18th

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New Orca Is Female

ig_CFOR_Orca_babyJ56-MomJ31_001 (61k image)J & K pods made an appearance in inland waters off San Juan Island for the first time in more than two months. A large crowd of people awaited their arrival at Lime Kiln State Park to get a glimpse of the new baby whale that was first reported on the British Columbia coast near Tofino on 30 May by a local whale watch company

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Come Shake Paws With Me

ig_SO_Ally-001 (89k image)My name is Ally and I am running for “Pet of the Week”. If you vote for me I promise to deliver: joy filled days of unconditional love, snuggles and hugs, glorious walks in all kinds of weather, and a faithful companion to lift you when you get down.

These are not empty promises just to get your vote. Come shake paws with me at the shelter, look deeply into my big brown eyes and you will see how sincere I am.

Herbert Eugene Meyer

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Herbert Eugene Meyer, aged 73, died June 23 in Seattle nine months after a bicycle accident near his home on San Juan Island. Historian Steven Hayward described Herb as “one of the genuine heroes of the Cold War.”

Herb’s first career was journalism with a focus on the Soviet Union. In 1982, Director of Central Intelligence William J. Casey invited him to join the CIA as his special assistant. In his time there he was the first analyst to predict the collapse of the Soviet Union. For this, he was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 1985, the agency’s highest civilian award at that time.

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