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It Has Been Lawson Ridge For Generations

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Since my family moved to San Juan in 1999 the options for hiking have grown in a big way. Many of the trails were there well before my time, but the acquisitions (and labor) of the National Parks, the Land Bank, and volunteer trails committees have created a wonderful, cohesive network of well marked and maintained trails.

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OPALCO Trimming Trees

You may see Right of Way OPALCO crews in your area trimming trees away from power lines and equipment. This regular maintenance is a critical to maintaining safe and reliable service. Please keep your landscaping and shrubs away from OPALCO equipment, and advise them about potential hazard trees near the lines.

Hospice training

Hospice of San Juans is one of only a few all-volunteer hospices in the
country, Hospice of San Juan focus on the needs of those trying to cope
with the reality of life limiting conditions.

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A Bonded Pair Needs A Home

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor needs your help in finding a special home for two very special boys. Coal and Barnaby, pictured here, lost their home several months ago, through no fault of their own. They are a bonded pair who have been together 15 years; all of their lives.

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SJI Hospital Commissioners Meeting

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm. regular - Regular Meeting, in Legislative Hearing Room, 55 Second Street. Agenda is following:

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April Is Volunteer Month

Spend a day or more giving back to the natural places we all love during April and May - in the San Juan Islands. Work with locals to maintain trails in beautiful Moran State Park on Orcas Island, clean up a beach on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Islands, ride your bike in the Tour de Lopez, and then enjoy the All-Species Parade in Lopez Village.

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Farmers Market Grants

USDA is accepting applications for grants from the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products

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Young Filmmakers Project

the Young Filmmakers Project deadline is June 1, 2017. Films may be submitted as: Documentary or Docu-Drama (Dramatization of real life events) Eligibility: The Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Project is open to all students ranging in age from grade 7 to their first year of University or College.

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$1000 Offer Matching Funds to Hospice San Juan

The Town of Friday Harbor is encouraging their utility customers to donate funds to Hospice of San Juan through the Town’s Harbor Life Ring Program in April. All donations included with customers’ April utility payments will be matched by the Town up to a total of $1000.

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Robert Michael Browne

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November 22, 1948 ~ February 4, 2017

To our dear family and friends, it is with great sadness that we share this news with you. Our beloved Rob, devoted husband, father and friend passed away after nearly a three-year, valiantly fought battle with cancer, at the UWMC.

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Fiber Construction On Cattle Pt Rd

Construction begins on March 20th to install fiber optic cables along Cattle Point Road from Eagle Cove Drive all the way through San Juan National Historical Park to the major road re-alignment project south of Jackle’s Beach Lagoon.

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Benjamin Lewis White III

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October 14, 1989 ~ March 8th, 2017

Benjamin Lewis White III passed away in Seattle, WA on March 8th, 2017 with family by his side. He was born on October 14, 1989 in Virginia where he lived for a short time before moving to San Juan Island. Ben's life was marked by his amazing sense of humor, endless rants, and genuine love and care for all around him. Everyone adored Ben.

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Livestock Guard Dogs

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What is a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD)? How do they differ from other dog breeds? Do they make good family pets? What do they eat? How do you train them? How effective are they at predator control?

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Dave Hall

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Dave Hall passed Tuesday morning, March 7, 2017 with his wife Nadine at his side. A Celebration of Life is tentatively set for Saturday, April 22. A formal obituary with details will follow soon. Cards can be sent to P O Box 815, Friday Harbor.

New Programming for Memory Care Tuesday, March 21

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San Juan Island Library has announced a new program called Memory Café for people with memory issues and their care partners. The first Memory Café Open House will take place at the San Juan Island Library meeting room on Tuesday, March 21 at 2:00 pm.

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The Housing Puzzle: A Solution?

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, March 13 from 12 to 2 pm.

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-- Guest Column --

Authoritarianism vs. Democracy

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By Kathleen Bartholomew

The San Juan County Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. One of the agenda items is of special note, as the Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to retain Bill Williams as Chair of the Board.

This vote was taken without discussion in spite of the nomination of Michael Edwards, which was supported by a petition signed by 24 of the 31 currently serving EMTs at San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJIEMS) and its Supervising Physician.

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New Exhibits At SJI Museum Of Art

Woodworkers, artists, carvers, fishermen, book lovers, hikers, naturalists, scientists, conservationist-something to intrigue everyone can be found in three new exhibitions opening March 4 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art truly are for everyone who loves working with wood, painters, bookworms, collectors of odd objects in the forest, and those who care about forest destruction and erosion.

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2016 SJI EMS Award Recipients

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(L to R: Humberto Orozco, Margaret Longley, Kati English- photo)

San Juan Island EMS held their annual awards banquet January 28th, and the following awards were made:

Humberto Orozco - San Juan County Medical Program Director's Award & Officer of the Year
Margaret Longley - EMT of the Year
Kati English - Rookie EMT of the Year
Steve Alluise (not pictured) - Chief's Award of the Year

Rebecca Smith and Dr. Loren Johnson were also recognized and awarded for their hard work on passing the SJI EMS Levy. We thank them all for their hard work and dedication.

Boater Education Card Course

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Boating Program urges boaters to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming season by taking -and passing- a boater education course.

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Free Hospice Training

We all experience grief and emotional loss, but that does not make it any easier. Registration is open for Hospice of San Juan’s 2017 Grief Support Group

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