"I Am Aurora"

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Hello there. I’m Aurora, and this is the face I make when I hear gossip that I’ve already heard - like three weeks ago! Let me tell you - there is plenty of gossip going around here in Kamp Kitty. Just yesterday I heard that Peanut and Debbie have made up after their tiff over a certain catnip mouse.

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Disaster Preparedness Discussion

Join experts in the field Tuesday, November 28th, at the San Juan Island Grange for an interactive evening focusing on personal and community preparation for disasters most likely to hit the San Juans.

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FH Port Commissioner Mike Ahrenius Honored

ig_Mike_Ahrenius-01 (37k image)The Washington Public Ports Association awarded Life Membership to Mike Ahrenius at their Annual Meeting in Seattle on November 17th. The plaque

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FH Athletic Assoc Fundraiser Friday

The Friday Harbor Athletic Association is doing their dessert auction and taco feed fundraiser Friday at the Masonic Lodge at 5:30.

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How To Make Wreaths & Kokedama Moss Balls

Glitter, ribbons, bobbles, bangles and greenery. Moss, cord, soil and more greenery. There will be instruction in the art of the Kokedama. Using fresh greens, bangles and glitter we provide plus ribbons galore. let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities.
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: Craft Room at the Mullis Community Center

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Homes For Islanders Plans

ig_HFI_LOGO-001 (40k image)Justin Roche, Executive Director of Homes for Islanders, a non-profit organization, announced Homes for Islanders has purchased 16 lots in Foxhall to secure them for self-help homebuilding by 16 very low to low income individuals and families on San Juan Island.

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1st Place In State Contest

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In June of 2017, Eric Sable represented Friday Harbor Grange #225 at the Washington State Grange Convention held at Ocean Shores, WA. Eric played a harmonica with a “beat box vibe.” Eric took first place at that June competition and was chosen to represent Washington State at the National Grange Convention.

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FH Drops Curbside Co-Mingled Recycle

The Town of Friday Harbor will be discontinuing curbside recycling pickup effective November 22nd, 2017. This will not affect customers of San Juan Sanitation in the County.

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Island Stage Left - Anapurna

ig_ISL_ANAPURNA_Daniel_Mayes_Krista_Strutz-01 (87k image)Opening Tonight, November 9th. Island Stage Left's production of Anapurna is a wild ride between laughter and the brink of tears, and back and back and back. Appropriately named after the most dangerous mountain in the world to climb, it is compelling theatre, unquestionably a tour de force for two outstanding actors. Runs Nov 9 - Dec 3; Thurs - Sat at 7:30, Sun at 4:00; No performance on Thanksgiving; Sat Nov 25th at 2:00 and 7:30

EDC Offers FREE Tax Workshop

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Revenue, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Monday, November 13, from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Day Park Volunteers Wanter

The San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair department is inviting community members to become day park volunteers (opportunities available on different islands; see below).

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Doe Bay Music Saturday

Seattle orchestral folk duo March to May just released their debut LP Through the Night via Northbound Records. They’re performing at the Doe Bay Resort on November 11th.

“Draws comparisons to The Civil Wars, Damien Rice, and the Lumineers, while possessing a shimmering radiance all its own. The perfect morning-after anecdote.” - Goldmine

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No Secret This Cat Needs Home

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Hello. Giselle, Super Secret Spy Cat here; working undercover at the animal shelter, where I arrived last week to undertake my super secret mission.

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2 Openings On FH Art Commission

The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking two new members to fill three-year appointments commencing January 1, 2018. Commissioners appointed to these unpaid, volunteer positions will 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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Jensen Retires As SJI Fire Commissioner

John Jensen has retired as a San Juan County Fire Commissioner.

Jensen stated, “I want to thank the taxpayers of Fire District 3 for allowing me to serve as Fire Commissioner for 18 years. It was an honor and a privilege to work with great Commissioners, a fantastic staff, and wonderful firefighters. We have the best small fire department in the state!”

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Know Your Islanders Talk: Denny Kaill

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In a reading co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Trails Committee, Denny Kaill will talk about Dodging Iguanas: Some Motorcycle Tales, Some Not-All True. Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library, free

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Artists Talk

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SJIMA Presents: An Artists Talk with Printmaker/Sculptor Jean Behnke & Wood Sculptor Michael Peterson; Date: Sat Nov 4, Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the SJIMA/San Juan Island Museum of Art; 540 Spring St.
Friday Harbor WA

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Port Of FH Commission Interviews

Friday Harbor Port Commission will interview applicants for the open Port Commission seat, Tuesday, October 31 at 4:00pm at a Special Meeting at Spring Street Landing, 10 Front Street, Suite #105. A second set of interviews will take place on November 1, and an appointment is expected at a November 3rd meeting.
Citizen comments/requests: Citizens can make a brief comment or may ask the Commission to schedule a topic for further discussion at a future meeting.

A Lady With Lovely Manners

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What’s that you say? You’re looking for a tall, leggy brunette for long walks on the beach and quiet nights by the fire? Well, look no further! I am Selena and I believe I may be just what you’ve been waiting for.

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OPALCO Board Opening

OPALCO Board Member Jim Lett has announced his retirement in order to spend more time with his “crowd of grandchildren.” Lett will retire on January 31, 2018 and the member Election & Governance Committee is seeking applications from candidates from District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) interested in filling the vacancy. Applications are due November 20, 2017.

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Park Habitat Restoration By Herbicide

San Juan Island National Historical Park has announced that ten new test plots at American Camp will be treated with herbicide, weather permitting, in support of Island Marble Butterfly habitat restoration sometime between October 31 and November 3, 2017.

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Free Construction Basics Training

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in construction basics this winter, funded by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Kiwanis, Islanders Bank, the San Juan County Builders’ Association, Orcas Excavators and Island Excavating.

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Shaw Students Win Quake Contest

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The middle school students from the Shaw Island School won a statewide earthquake preparedness video contest. So inspiring the way their entire school community has embraced emergency preparedness. Here's the link to their video: Great ShakeOut. More than 1,300 islanders participated in last week's ShakeOut earthquake exercise- the most ever. That includes school districts, government departments, businesses, non-profits, and families and individuals. For more info on how to get ready for quakes and other emergencies, go to www.sanjuandem.net/prepare

Orcas Park and Ride Grand Opening

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San Juan County will hold a grand opening at 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 31st 2017 for the Orcas Village Park and Ride. The opening will be on site, located at 105 Orcas Hill Road.

The Orcas Village Park and Ride will be open to the public, free of charge, the day after the grand opening event.

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Updates From SJC GIS

The GIS team at San Juan County has been working on several new projects lately, adding a map of road elevations; vacation rental permit locations, and Land Capacity Analysis.

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SJI Community Dinner

It’s finally here! The first Community Dinner of the school year will be on Wednesday, October 25th from 5:30 - 7:30 in the High School Commons. See menu below:

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Tuesday Is World Polio Day

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World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

The San Juan Island Rotary Club has donated over $70,000 to polio eradication. Please consider a donation today to Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Fund. Your gift will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary invites the public to support the polio eradication initiative by visiting rotary.org/endpolio We are very close to its eradication in our lifetimes.

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Dept Commerce Works On Affordable Housing

Relief in sight for local governments seeking standards, guidance on land-use planning to meet community housing needs. The Department of Commerce announced today that John Smith Consulting will develop guidance for local governments to help address insufficient supplies of affordable housing.

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Pet of the Week

ig_SO_PetWeek-Obie-001 (84k image)Well hello there. I’m Obie, with some advice for these troubled times:

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