OPALCO Checks Time


In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who were active in 1993, plus some from 1994 as OPALCO continues to smooth its 25-year cycle for capital credit distributions.

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SJI Benefit Christmas Concert


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It’s time for this year’s December 15th benefit Christmas concert at St. David’s Episcopal Church: An American Village Christmas. The concert will be sung unaccompanied by a 25-voice choir directed by Richard Lind. A couple of instrumental pieces on piano and saxophone will be interspersed among the choral works.

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Sherrif's Tips On Boat Safety


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The following is a winter boating safety tips and suggestions from the San Juan County sherrif's office: " It is recommended that you build a float plan with a family member prior to the voyage, to include when you are departing, where you are going, what route you are taking and what time you expect to return.

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SJI Foundation Awards Grants


The San Juan Island Community Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $20,546 to local nonprofits in their third and final grant cycle of the year. The Foundation awarded $4,648 from its Healthy Community Fund, while generous donors and the SJICF Women’s Fund contributed a combined $15,898. The following local projects were funded:

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“Friday Harbor Nutcracker Ballet” Dec 15 &16


Salish Sea Youth Ballet presents the Friday Harbor Nutcracker on December 15th & 16th. San Juan Island dancers will perform excerpts from the classic Nutcracker ballet in an intimate tea party setting at Brickworks.

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Want To Be A Candidate For OPALCO Board?


There are two ways to be nominated for a board position: 1) by the member Elections & Governance Committee (EGC) or 2) by petition.

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Drop In Worker's Comp


The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington will take the largest drop in more than 10 years on January 1.
The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a 5 percent decrease in the average amount employers pay for the coverage.

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Sign-up To Sell At SJI Grange


Saturday, December 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm: The SJI Granges, (152 First St. in Friday Harbor) is offering table space just in time for sellers to set up to allowChristmas shoppers to find that special gift, or for the sellers or to make some extra money for the holidays. So far 8 vendors have been booked, selling handbags, an audiophile record turntable, electric guitar with amp, and other used items, biochar, jewelry... Tables are still available at $10 each. No commission.




New SJCFD Commissioner?


The San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 Board of Fire Commissioners will meet in a special meeting to interview and appoint a new fire Commissioner. The meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5:30pm. The candidates are Rick Christmas, Gulliver Rankin, and Dave Zoeller.




Beneath the Salish Sea


ig_Harbor_Seal_david_hicks_01 (44k image)The next Ocean Night event will be on Wednesday December 5th. It's a free screening of Beneath the Salish Sea, a fantastic documentary by acclaimed dive videographer Florian Graner. He'll be in attendance to take questions. A press release is attached along with a few of Florian's stills. Let me know if you have questions,
Here's the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/898918437163117/




Buddy Wrote A Ditty


ig_SO_PetWeek-Buddy-001 (51k image)I see you when you’re eating…. I know when you’ve got treats… I know how to jump in your lap…. so, you’d better share snacks for goodness sake! I’m Buddy and I wrote that little ditty.

And that’s just one of the many talents I have to offer.

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Killing Deer Is Not The Answer


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I attended a meeting at the library last night on deer population here on San Juan Island and what I walked away with is: KILL DEER! My take is different than pretty much everyone else’s point of view at what felt like a Cabela-sponsored rally. We humans seem to have a psychological need to blame any living thing other than ourselves for the ecological and economic mess we find ourselves in. Deer are not the problem - we are

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Island Rec - Moms to Be, Swim Free


Sunday December 2, expectant mothers are invited to move, swim and enjoy the bliss of buoyancy at SJI Fitness Club. Meet and greet other pregnant women, connect with swimming mentors and enjoy a fun time of fitness and friendship.

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SJI Library Annual Holiday Sale


On Dec.1 from 10:00 to 4:00 at the public library (1010Guard St.) will be annual Friends Of The SJI Library holiday sale. Included in the sale are holiday gifts, cool jewelry, books, audiobooks and dvds. And the fabulous themed basket silent auction will be featured. All proceeds go toward library programming, including the summer reading program, after school programs and adult programming.




SJI Hospital District Work Session


A work session starts at 2:00 p.m. and the Regular Meeting will start at 3:00 p.m. on 11/28 @ Frank Wilson EMS Memorial Building. No business will be transacted in the work session (meaning no motions or resolutions), but the public is welcome to attend. See full agenda below:

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My name is Beau


ig_SO_PetWeek-Beau-001 (51k image)What’s that you say? The holiday season is upon us? Fantastic. I’m bursting with joy. Bring on the carolers and eggnog. Drag a tree inside. Let’s be Merry. Here’s the thing; I’d give up sarcasm, but that would leave interpretive dance as my only means of communication. Trust me -" nobody wants that. My name is Beau. Why don’t you just come over to the animal shelter and adopt me? Now, THAT, would make the holidays merry and bright!




Stanley Keith Gurske


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March 24, 1952 ~ November 13, 2018


What is a sharks favorite sandwich?
A peanut butter and jellyfish!
Stanley Keith Gurske touched everyone he met with his humor and wit. Stan passed peacefully in his San Juan Island home 11/13/18 after a hard fight with cancer. He kept his humor until the very end of his courageous fight. Stan encouraged all around him to find “the silver linings” in his journey.

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Non-native Fish Left Belly Up


Earlier this month, a woman reportedly released two large coolers of live tilapia into Sammamish Lake, a popular location for water sports and hiking. A concerned citizen saw the act and reported it to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Upon following up, four fish were found dead, assumedly due to the shock of the cold water.

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Volunteer Day on Turtleback


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Date: December 1, Time: 9:45am To 1pm: Meet your new Orcas Stewardship Staff and throw in a little habitat restoration to boot. Help in the oak restoration units to help plant plugs grown in the Salish Seeds Project nursery.
Meet and depart promptly at 9:45 am from the South Trailhead parking area (Deer Harbor Road/Wild Rose Lane) to hike up the mountain. Tools will be provided. Dress for the weather and bring water/snacks.




Let's Make It A Happy Thanksgiving!


ig_SO_PetWeek-Frodo-001 (39k image)My name is Frodo. It looks like I’ll be without my own dysfunctional family to dine with on Thanksgiving again this year. For the record, I’m still single, I don’t have a job, I’ve been known to drink out of the toilet, and I fart at inappropriate times. If you don’t mind my saying so, I think I might fit right in with your family gathering this year. Adopt me and let’s put the “Fun” back in dysfunctional! I’m here at the animal shelter, but I’d rather be home with you.




Auction Of Rare Rocking Horse


ig_SO_RockingHorse-001 (71k image)Looking for a special gift for that person on your list who is difficult to buy for? The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has just the thing.

A beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted rocking horse has been donated to Treasure Hounds, the animal shelter’s upscale retail outlet, located next to the bowling alley.

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Yvonne Regina Swanberg


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October 12, 1945 ~ November 2, 2018


Yvonne Regina Swanberg passed away unexpectedly at her home in Friday Harbor, WA on November 2, 2018, she was 73. She was born in Rossland, B.C., Canada on October 12, 1945 to Richard and Dorothy (Streibeck) LeCaire.

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Middle-age & Want A Home


ig_SO_PetWeek-Nora-001 (82k image)Hello darlings. I’m Nora and just in case you’re wondering I am in excellent shape. The last time I checked, round IS a shape.

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ig_ISL_Slowgirl-001 (71k image)Island Stage Left presents “Slowgirl” by Greg Pierce, aAt SJ County Fairgrounds in Marie Boe Building, Nov 15 - Dec 16 - Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 4:00 (Except 22nd and 23rd Thanksgiving).

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SJI Reading The Chief of Rally Tree


ig_Jennifer_Boyden-001 (41k image)Jennifer Boyden’s award-winning, debut novel, The Chief of Rally Tree, will be released on November 13. The Public is invited to a celebration and reading at Brickworks in Friday Harbor, 6-9 pm.

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SJI Community Thanksgiving Dinner


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Fall is in the air and there is a need for volunteers for the 20th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Come help for the first or return as one of the veterans of Thanksgivings past and join in again with the brand new volunteers.

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Comment On American Camp Envr Rpt


The National Park Service is proposing to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park. The proposed project entails the replacement of the 39 year-old “temporary” visitor center with a new facility that would highlight the rich cultural history of the area as well as the spectacular natural setting of American Camp.

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Saturday: Fiddle Group Childsplay


ig_E_ChildsPlay-01 (67k image)From humble dance halls to world music audiences in Sweden and public radio audiences throughout the United States, Childsplay has introduced many thousands to the delights of fiddle music, and will be coming to Friday Harbor's San Juan Community Theatre on November 10 for a truly spectacular and musical evening as part of their final farewell tour.

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The Three Amigos


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Hello! We’re the Three Amigos - Bowie, Baez and Elton! We’re appearing now at the animal shelter. If you hurry you might make it in time to catch one of our performances. We’re very talented - just wait until you hear us sing! We’re just 8 weeks old, and ready to start our solo careers. Call the animal shelter for an appointment to meet us. Their number is (360) 378-2158. We’ll be tuning up!




Know Your Islanders Talk


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San Juan Island Library, November 5, 7 to 9pm.
The great Salish Sea: a history of the name, the features that make it special, and the love for, and knowledge of, our home. Plus, what do you do with a sense of place? Islander Shann Weston will cover these and more in this presentation




Reservations Return


Reservations are now available again for the Fall Schedule, and can be made by visiting: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/takeaferry.

Beginning on Sunday, Nov. 4, full 4-boat service will resume for the Anacortes/San Juan Island/Sidney B.C. route, one day earlier than previously anticipated.




Lumi Verdugo - Clay Speaks


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The body of work of almost 56 years expresses Lumi’s joy in experimenting with glazes, firing and Raku pottery. At the exhibition Lumi Verdugo: Of My Hands 1962-2018 now at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) visitors can discover the varied faces of clay works, including the use of local island clay.

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SJI Island Rec- Tea Time


It is a terrific time for Tea Time! This is THE party you've been waiting for. Special sweet and savory bites, cold and hot teas, a Shel Silverstein reading, real China tea sets, decorations, and more.

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Hyak To Replace The Chelan


Sea trials on the Hyak were successful, and that vessel has replaced the Chelan on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route so that the Chelan can restore 3-boat service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon Island/Southworth route on Tuesday, October 30. The Hyak will assume the number 2 position and there will be no galley service on this vessel until 11:25 a.m.




Learn About Woody Biomass & Energy


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Saturday, November 3, 5:30pm-8:00pm at SJI Grange: Learn about the wide range of methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our homes, businesses, and communities. Register at bit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-opportunities-for-woody-biomass-tickets-50711031059#blog

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Dudley Is The Name, But I'm Thoughtful


ig_SO_PetWeek-Dudley-001 (38k image)Well hello there. My name is Dudley. I may look like I’m a deep thinker but, 99% of the time I’m thinking of ways to outsmart the red dot.

The rest of the time I’m napping. If these are things you enjoy doing, give me call. I’m here at the animal shelter. Thinking.




Eat Island Grown


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The best tastes of the San Juan Islands showcasing chefs, and the farmers that make that food possible happen October 28, 2018, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Brick Works in Friday Harbor

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Learn About Medical Leave Law


Business owners and bookkeepers will learn the details of Washington State’s new paid family and medical leave law at an informative workshop this November. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), for a free and illuminating workshop entitled Paid Family & Medical Leave for Employers on November 13th, from 12 p.m. till 3 p.m. at Heritage Bank in Friday Harbor.

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Moms to Be, Swim for Free


On the first Sunday of each month November - February, expectant mothers are invited to move, swim and enjoy the bliss of buoyancy at SJI Fitness Club. Meet and greet other pregnant women, connect with swimming mentors and enjoy a fun time of fitness and friendship.

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