Island Walk: SJI Airport Trail

Saturday, February 24th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Meet at Skagit Valley College.
Todd Nicholson, Executive Director of the Port of Friday Harbor will lead a walk on the airport trail. Todd will share details about the upcoming tree removal required by the FAA and plans to replant a sustainable native forest and other trail improvements. Terrain is moderate, distance is 3 miles and dogs on leash are welcome.

Hyak Returns, & So Does Food

Hyak joins the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route as the #1 vessel. M/V Elwha will sail as the #2 vessel. Food service will be available on the upper decks, but all other upper deck access and seating will remain closed due to Coast Guard regulations for "Super" class vessels.

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Live Near Fire Station? Collect Info To Share On Emergencies

The San Juan Island Fire Department’s Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) is looking for volunteers to assist in our island’s welfare by collecting and coordinating the exchange of information during major emergencies, such as earthquakes

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Cooke Aquaculture May Sue State For $76M

The Stranger’s Daily Slog newsletter reports there is a possibility that Canadian owned Cooke Aquaculture “will seek mandatory arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if the state succeeds in phasing out Atlantic salmon farming.

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FH Animal Protection Society Volunteer of the Month

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Pam Fry is the animal shelter’s “Volunteer of the Month” for February. Pam is a frequent visitor to the shelter, where she does energy balancing treatments on animals in need of help. The treatments help to clear stress and trauma and promote socializing and calmness. The treatments are tremendously helpful for animals who have recently arrived at the shelter as well as those that have a difficult time adapting to life in an animal shelter.

SJIs Visitor Study Updates

Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The study addresses several questions related to San Juan Islands tourism, public lands, and recreation areas.

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Explore Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan

Lopez Village Subarea Plan Pop-Up Studio

Friday, February 23, 2018, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Lopez Village Market

Find out more about the Lopez Village Subarea plan February 23, 2018, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Lopez Village Market
. Lopez Village Planning and Review Committee seeks your input on the draft plan being created by Lopezians.

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SJI Chordsmen Will Sing For You; Or Whoever

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Singing Valentines fundraiser for Island Chordsmen Plus! Valentines are not just for sweethearts; they are a caring gesture for anyone you cherish. And to help you express your affections, our entire chorus will arrive at your home, business or at your dinner date in our snappy costumes, with a fresh rose and a couple of special songs to serenade one, two or multitudes.

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Affordable Housing Discussion Tuesday

Tuesday (02-013-18) Mark Tompkins, Director of Health & Community Services & Ryan Page, the Affordable Housing Coordinator, will resent an Affordable Housing Report from the Housing Bank Commission for Council review and request input from the Council on the Draft Proposed 2018 Real Estate Excise Tax Administrative and Financial Plan, and if appropriate schedule a public hearing regarding the proposed funding measure.

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$50,000 Matching Grant To SJI Family Resource Center & To Honor Joyce Sobel

The Community Foundation is honored to announce an anonymous matching grant in the amount of $50,000 to go toward the San Juan Island Family Resource Center’s Building Expansion Project.

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EDC Free Electrical Basics Training

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in electrical basics this spring for those considering a career in the electrical trades, or simply exploring career options.

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SJ Island Rec - Father Daughter Dance

Tickets are on sale for Island Rec’s 13th Annual Father Daughter Dance - a special occasion for girls of all ages to get dressed up and spend quality time with their dads, granddads, or other male role-models. Treat your darling daughters to a special night out with music from DJ Doug, dancing, and delicious appetizers & desserts! Girls receive a free charm and a keepsake photo.

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Y’all Can Come Pay Me A Visit

ig_SO_Sam-001 (59k image)“Hey Sam”, they said. “Get on the bus and go on a road trip with us”, they said. “It’ll be fun.”, they said. So, I got on the bus. In Texas.

That road trip took over four days! I tell you what, all the way from Texas to Friday Harbor is down the road a fur piece. I did NOT cotton to it one bit.

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Apply For Appointment To SJC Hospital Board

The San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 is soliciting applications for positions 3 and 5 through Feb. 7. Submit letters of interest and CVs to the district’s superintendent, Pamela Hutchins, at Call 360-378-2857 for additional information.

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Dog Lic -Happiness for $15

A San Juan County resident traveled to Los Angeles with her dog. A mishap occurred, and the dog ran off. A Los Angeles resident found the dog and called the Auditor’s office, because the dog was wearing a San Juan County dog license. Auditor staff were able to reach the dog owner using the cell phone number on the dog licensing record. Dog and owner were re-united, from 1200 miles away.

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WSF Spring Reservations Open Thursday

Vehicle reservations for spring travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney B.C., and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes will be released Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 a.m. PT. The Washington State Ferries Spring 2018 schedule runs from April 1, 2018 through June 23, 2018.

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 511 and speaking with an Information Agent.

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State Adopts Washington’s First Reclaimed Water Rule

Even in rainy Washington, water is a precious commodity. Agriculture, industry and our communities all depend on sufficient, stable supplies of water. As our state’s population and economy grows, finding ways to conserve water is becoming more important. A new rule from the Washington Department of Ecology will streamline the process for reclaiming water.

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6 Years? That's Way Too Long!

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I am Jem. If you’ve visited the animal shelter at any time over the last six years you may have already met me. I spent three years at the shelter waiting for my forever person. When she showed up, I fell head over heels in love with her and we spent a wonderful year together, before she passed away.

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Mentor SJI Students Community Service Projects

The second semester FHHS Community Service-Learning Class will begin January 29th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement - both locally and globally.

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Will SJI EMS & Fire District Merge Like Orcas?

The Friday Harbor fire department merged with the county fire district, now the SJC Hospital District Commissioners meeting at the EMS Bld on Wednesday will hold a discussion on a possible merger of the SJI Fire district and the SJI EMS department.
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Ah! 2018 Tax Bills Due

Rhonda Pederson, San Juan County Treasurer, has competed the 2018 tax roll. All real and personal property taxes and assessments are due and payable to the San Juan County Treasurer on or before April 30, 2018.

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