SJ Island Rec - Messy Me

ig_IR_PaintWithMarbles-001 (80k image)Messy Me returns this year with even more sense-engaging fun! Kids can play around in the elementary school gym with different ‘sensory bins’ filled with mediums such as water and sand while searching for dinosaur molds and model fish. Painting with marbles will be a new, exciting activity this time around, as well as balloons filled cornstarch for a squishy, tactile experience that’s sure to entertain. Held October 19th from 2:30 to 4pm, this activity is free and is meant for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones.

Knowledge Workers Invited To “Meetup”

The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words, and they invite knowledge workers and those who work with them to attend an informal meetup on October 24th from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library. Refreshments will be served.

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SJI Real Estate Sales Slumps

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The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $99,156,746 with a total of 181 transactions. This reflects a 12.5% decrease in the dollar volume and a 21.5% decrease in the number of transactions. Read full report (.pdf 217\k file) HERE

Chicken Pox Hits Lopez

A case of varicella, or “chicken pox,” has been confirmed in a school-aged child in the Lopez Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Lopez School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella case, and identify others who may have been exposed.

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Customer Service 101

Business owners and managers are invited to join the SJC Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop entitled Customer Service 101, led by noted islander and business process improvement consultant, Jim Hooper, on Wednesday, October 24th, from 10-11a at KeyBank in Friday Harbor.

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Love Belly Rubs & Walks

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Hello. My name is Micky and I LOVE to party. And by party, I mean go for long walks and have my belly rubbed. Let me offer you some free advice. Never - and I mean NEVER, wake a sleeping cat. Trust me. You do not want to release the inner ninja in one of those guys….Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. If you are looking for a trusted companion and best friend, we should meet. I’m here at the animal shelter waiting for my next belly rub.

Reopening Crab Fishing

Crab fishing in marine area 7-South and North are open, everyday Oct 6 to Dec 31. The daily catch limit is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches.

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Matt Shildneck

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May 28, 1956 - July 18, 2018

Matt Wynn Shildneck passed away July 18, 2018. Matt was born May 28, 1956 in Pasadena CA to Wray Schildneck and Adelia Schildneck (now Stewart) where they lived two years until returning to their native New Mexico.

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WSF Adds Anac To Orcas Sailings

Washington State Ferries has added extra sailings of the Anacortes 1:55 pm to Orcas for Thursday, October 4 and Saturday, October 6, to accommodate heavier early fall traffic. These extra sailings are available to reserve by visiting

FEMA Emergency Alert Test Wednesday

At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and tone and receive a test message.

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Cat of Distinction

ig_SO_PetWeek-Piedmont-001 (56k image)My friends, I am Piedmont, Cat of Distinction. I find myself temporarily without a place to call home. I’m hoping you were able to attend the grand opening of our brand-new animal shelter Saturday. That way, you’ll know where to find me when I move into my new suite very soon. If you are looking for a gentleman friend of good taste and exquisite manners, you will find me the perfect fit! Come meet me before or after the move -I’ll be waiting for you.

Zylstra Lake Open House

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Zylstra Lake Preserve held an Open House onSunday, Sept 30, 12:00 to 4:00. The Land Bank & SJ Preservation Trust are hosted a fall open house at Zylstra Lake for the public to learn about the project, walk the preserve, and share theirr visions.

EMT Applications Open

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJIEMS) will soon add a new generation of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) when the next formal training commences in January 2019. Applications are available now thru October 15th, 2018.

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Opinion On Future Of Fairgrounds?

Attention youth 13-21: The Fairgrounds wants to hear what you think! San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair is updating the Fairgrounds Master Plan and wants to hear from local residents ages 13 to 21

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Burning Opens On October 1

Burn season is right around the corner and the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office and the San Juan County Fire Chiefs Association would like to remind you of a few things to improve the safety of your burning this season.

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Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems

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As a Real Estate Agent, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and their functions.

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WSF Open House: Lopez & SJI

WSF is hosting two open houses in the San Juan Islands next week to share the Draft Long Range Plan:
Lopez Island: 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Lopez Center for Community and the Arts (204 Village Rd)
Friday Harbor: 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Brickworks (150 Nichols St)

Drop by anytime to learn more about the plan, meet the project team, and comment on the draft plan. You can also view the Draft Plan and provide feedback at an online open house until October 25 at

FH Artists At The Grange

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(Teresa Smith painting)

Eight San Juan Island artists, including Patti Barker, Shannon Borg, Alison Engle, Gail Garrett, Maria Michaelson, Jan Murphy, Mary Sly, and Teresa Smith exhibited their paintings; fiber art; sculpture; works on paper and mixed-media creations, last Saturday, September 22 & 23, at the Grange in Friday Harbor.

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Shelter Grand Opening: 9-29-18

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon.
Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments. Parking will be limited, so carpooling is suggested. For more information, please call (360) 378-2158.

New Chief For SJIFD

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San Juan Island Fire Department commissioners have picked Chief Novin Collins as their new leader. Commissioner Chair Bob Jarman said that after the one-on-one interviews it was obvious that Chief Collins was a good fit for the department.

Collins was one of five candidates for the job.

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SJI & Lopez Free Dental Clinic

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-04 (30k image)Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, Oct. 4-Saturday, Oct. 6. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan.

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SJI Fire Dept To Pick New Chief

The San Juan Island Fire Commissioners will hold a public meeting on Tuesday (0918-18) to receive citizens's comments, then enter into Executive session to discuss "personnel," and are expected to return to public session, and then enter into discussion prior to a vote to select a new fire chief.

State To Kill More Wolves

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind today authorized department staff to lethally remove wolves from a new pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County.

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Pet Of The Week

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There are so many things in this world I haven’t figured out yet. The long green snake that spits water is just one of them.

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Family Art Days: Food!

For the fall Family Art Days at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) food inspires the art classes. Imagine waving fields of grain, cattle grazing in fields, printing with potatoes and eating your still life model

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See The Cyclops At FHL

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UW Friday Harbor Laboratories is partnering with SeaDoc and the OceanGate Foundation to conduct research in the Salish Sea this week in Cyclops I. Stop by the Labs Thursday from 6-7 to see the sub and meet the scientists to hear about their research

Navy SAR MEDEVAC Transports Patient

On Monday morning a Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) team flew to Lopez Island and picked up a 70-year-old male patient suffering from a possible stroke. He was flown to higher care at Harborview Medical Center.

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FH Gospel Jazz Reprise

Nine years ago, gospel and jazz lovers attended a pair of concerts at Saint David's Episcopal Church which both sold out. Apparently they didn't get enough, because it is going to be done again on Saturday, Sept. 15th, and Sunday, Sept. 16th, starting at 4 pm each day.

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SJC Council To Meet With PSP

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The San Juan County Council will be attending a Puget Sound Partnership meeting at Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 in Friday Harbor beginning at 9:00 AM

FH Port Wants 250K Salmon Allocated For Southern Resident Killer Whales

The Port of Friday Harbor Port Commission have sent an official letter to Pacific Fishery Management Council requesting an increase in the allocation of Chinook salmon. Read the full letter below:

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Candidates For SJI Fire Chief

After over 35 years with the department, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retiring at the end of October. The community is invited to an evening reception to meet the five finalists being considered for the position. This informal meet and greet opportunity will be Sunday, September 16th from 5-7 P.M. at the Friday Harbor Suites, 680 Spring Street.

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New Financial Skills Course

The Joyce L. Sobel (San Juan Island) Family Resource Center and the Economic Development Council are working with Abby Anderson, AmeriCorps VISTA, to offer a five-week financial skills course. This course will guide participants through financial topics such as spending habits, creating a budget, saving for assets, emergency planning, credit and debt, preparing for retirement, and much more.

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Open Nutcracker Auditions

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Salish Sea Ballet announces open auditions for the 2018 Friday Harbor Nutcracker. Auditions will be held at the Salish Sea Ballet studio (689 Airport Center, Friday Harbor) on Sunday, September 9th. Auditions are open to everyone age 3 and up. No dance experience is necessary!

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County Partners With Orcas For Back To School Clinic

San Juan County Health & Community Services will be providing FREE immunizations for Orcas Island School students at the Orcas Island School District’s Back to School Kickoff/BBQ on Tuesday September 4th.

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SJCT Presents Incongruent Muse

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(Art by Jan Murphy)

The San Juan Community Theatre will host three San Juan Island Artists for a month-long show, entitled, “Incongruent Muse” from September 1-30.

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Campfires/ Barbecues Burn Ban Lifted For San Juan County

As of noon today, August 29, 2018, the burn ban for campfires and charcoal barbeques is lifted in San Juan County. Recent humidity levels, rising fuel moisture, and precipitation in the county have warranted a lift on the burn ban enacted last week. Residential & commercial burning, with a permit, will resume in October.

SJC Crabbing Remains Open

The only two areas of the Sound that will remain open to crab fishing after Labor Day are marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands. These two areas will remain open Thursdays through Mondays each week through Sept. 30. Sport fishers who crab in those two areas after Sept. 3 must record their catch on winter catch record cards, which are available at sporting goods stores and other license vendors across the state.

Know Your Community Foundation

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(L to R: Jeanne Peihl, Carrie Unpingco, Amy Saxe-Eyler -contributed photo)

What nonprofit projects are happening now? What resources are available to get a project off the ground? How can I best support the most pressing needs in our community? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, the San Juan Island Community Foundation is a great place to start.

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Wake Me When You Come By

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Hello again. It’s just me, Vegas, reporting from the animal shelter, where I continue to wait to be discovered. I’ve been asked to leave Kamp Kitty for certain “transgressions” against the other feline residents. Apparently not all cats enjoy my Jean-Claude Van Damme imitation. Go figure. They gave me a promotion and now I’m in charge of lobby security. I even have my own office. Stop by and meet me. Call first to get my nap schedule, please.

Business Plan Competition Open

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the third annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses.

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Fair Matching Program Grants $56k To Nonprofits

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The San Juan Island Community Foundation once again featured 8 local nonprofit projects at this year’s San Juan County Fair as part of the 6th annual matching grant campaign. 139 donations were made by generous community members for a grand total of nearly $40,000 during the 4 days of the Fair!

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The Land Bank Says Thank You!

Islanders, thank you from the Land Bank for “Getting Outdoors” and joining the Land Bank at the Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House last weekend. The response was incredible, with almost 200 visitors over the six-hour event, and on a busy June Saturday to boot.

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County Wide Burn Ban

A Burn Ban will begin Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at noon. Elevated temperatures for extended periods and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in San Juan County, and across the region. San Juan County will be prohibiting all outdoor burning with the exception of propane barbecues.

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In The Spirit of Gee’s Bend

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(L to R: Julie Weaver, Barbara Ellis, Beth Phillips, Ebie Currey, and Krispi Staude.

In anticipation of the Conversation With Gee Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor, WA two inventive women proposed two projects.

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