Mitchell Hill Hike


Saturday September 23rd, 1:00 to 4:00 pm: Join David Harsh, retired from the National Park Service, and SJI Trails members on a beautiful deep-forest walk at Mitchell Hill.

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APSFH Volunteer of the Month


ig_Kim_Grotle-001 (50k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Kim Grotle a Volunteer of the Month. Kim has been a volunteer for the shelter for almost two years and this is the second time she has been named Volunteer of the Month. Not only does Kim help out around the shelter by walking dogs, cuddling cats and doing odd jobs, she also is invaluable at APS fundraising events. The board of directors and staff wish to extend a hearty thank-you to Kim for everything she does to help the animals.




Burn Ban Lifted For... Campfires


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Due to the recent rains in the state the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office is cancelling the burn ban for recreational camp fires.

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Charles Henry Brown


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February 24, 1941 ~ August 16, 2017


Charles “Charlie” Brown was born in Seattle, WA, the third child of 10 children born to Lowell (Lou) and Margaret Brown. They resided in Martha Lake until moving the family to San Juan Island in 1956 where Charlie attended Friday Harbor High School.

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San Juan County Waterfront Parcels -Things To Know


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If you own a waterfront parcel in the County, or hope to purchase one, I have detailed below some items to take into consideration. Historically, waterfront parcels were the most coveted investment in the islands but due to ever changing regulations, they are now the most confusing parcels to develop. For REALTORs they can be a challenge to sell due to our inability to give buyers concrete answers to their questions while on site.
Important Considerations:

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Sidney Thorson


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October 20, 1924~ August 21, 2017


Long time Friday Harbor resident Sidney Thorson passed away peacefully at home with family members surrounding her on August 21, 2017. She was born on October 20, 1924 in Calexico, California to her parents Mabel and Chester Moore. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was a young girl. Sidney is a graduate of University High School in Los Angeles and has a four year degree she earned at UCLA and Cal Berkeley.

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Think Litter-Free by the Sea


Join the 2nd Annual Fall Great Islands Clean-Up Saturday, September 30th.

Please help clean-up all the summers accumulated refuse before winter closes in. Come out and volunteer for this all-islands greening event where volunteer’s pick-up litter from our public beaches and roadways.

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“Dance for Charity” Beginning Ballet Program


Lina Downes, Director of Dance Workshop 2 and strong supporter of World Vision, a nondenominational Washington based charity aid organization, is combining her passion for teaching with her commitment to service by offering a program to teens and adults entitled “Dance for Charity”. Beginning Sept. 27th, 2017, Dance Workshop 2 will offer a FREE 8 week beginning ballet program designed to promote the art of ballet with the opportunity to benefit East African famine aid through World Vision.

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Organ Recital At St. David’s Church


An Afternoon Of Music For The Organ will be presented by Richard Lind at 3 pm on Sunday, September 17, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 780 Park Street, in Friday Harbor. He will perform a wide variety of original music for the organ composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Barber, Dietrich Buxtehude, Richard Lind, and Guy Morançon.

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Still Got Lots Of Love To Give


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Kids today! When I was a puppy I had one toy. It was a stick. These young dogs today have toys that squeak, toys that laugh, toys with stuffing, toys without stuffing, toys that bounce …. even toys that deliver treats!
All I need is a soft place to lay down, a little companionship and some nice walks in the woods with someone who enjoys rubbing dog bellies. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind having a nice stick, too.

My name is Roxy and I’m a sensible, mature girl in the neighborhood of 7-years old. I’ve still got lots of love to give…..what about you?




SJ Singers Community Chorus 1st Rehearsal


First Rehearsal, 9/13, 6:30pm-9pm, Community Room, Skagit Valley College - Angel Michaels, Director. Come a little early (beginning 6:30) to pick up music.

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Resilient Gardening & Weird Weather


Is ‘weird weather’ challenging you and your gardening skills? You’re not alone! Between the increasingly variable weather and new pests and diseases, it seems there is more we need to know every year. PNW gardeners need to be prepared to handle longer, drier summers and water shortages, warmer average temperatures and more extreme weather.

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BLM Lopez Meeting


BLM will host a public workshop on Lopez Island on Thursday, September 7 to discuss the process and gather input on the process and the Comment Guide. The workshop will also explain the technical vocabulary of the planning process - terms such as substantive comments, implementation decisions, planning decisions, alternatives, etc.

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Protect Yourself From Smoke


With a change in the weather pattern, smoke from nearby wildfires is now settling over Western Washington. Air quality could be unhealthy at times over the next several days. The following is a statement from the County:

Take precautions to protect yourself and family members if smoke reaches unhealthy levels. You can monitor air quality in our area using the Washington Smoke Information interactive map. We do not have any air monitoring stations in our County, however, we recommend that you use Bellingham, Anacortes, and Victoria as indicators of conditions here.

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Really, This Is Not Complicated


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Look, why is it so hard for you to understand - sometimes I want to go out. Sometimes I want to be let back in. Then out again.

Then back in. Sometimes I may just want to be half in and half out while someone holds the door open for me while I try to decide.

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Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous & Boat Race


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September 4 - 6: The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands, welcomes boaters of all kinds to join them as the Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous and Boat Race. While the Rendezvous is a low key celebration of wooden boats, kayaks, rowboats, motor launches, day-sailers, cruising sailboats and historic tall ships are all welcome!




Lopez Island Artists' Studio Tour


During the 21st annual Lopez Island Artists’ Studio Tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to meet artists in their working environment. Sept. 2 - 3, 2017, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.




ALL Fires Now Banned


There is a county-wide burn ban being enacted. This means no outdoor burning of recreational campfires or outdoor burning of wood in fire bowls or patio fire places. Charcoal and propane barbeques continue to be allowed outside of parks and campgrounds. Please use extreme caution with outdoor cooking and keep a charged hose nearby or a bucket of water if possible.




Orcas Island Jazz Festival


August 31 - Sep. 3, For the third year running, the Orcas Island Jazz Festival will feature some of the best jazz artists the northwest has to offer. You’ll be treated to the sounds of Pearl Django, Gretta Matassa, Paula Santoro, Ian Faquini, and Martin Lund.




Most 0f Puget Sound closes to crabbing Sept. 4; But Not SJC


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. 4 must record their catch on winter catch record cards, which are available at sporting goods stores and other license vendors across the state.

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Greetings From SJI Superintendent Of Schools Diaz


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One of the many aspects that I love about being an educator is the fact that we get to have a new start each academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite events is joining Team SJISD at our convocation on Monday, August 28 at 7:45 am, Friday Harbor High School Commons. I will be welcoming back all of our teachers and staff.

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Non-Profit Affordable Housing?


By David S. Gow

The housing market in San Juan County is broken. The geographic isolation that makes our archipelago highly prized for its quality of life, and as a tourist destination, also restricts the movement of people, goods, and capital.


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