Awesome Sweetness Be I


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Hello! My name is Berry and I am two and a half years old. But don’t let the name mislead you. I’m actually a lady cat with the given name of ‘Strawberry.’ Who would name a classy cat like me after a fruit, you might ask?

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Skagit Valley College Commencement


Wednesday, June 19th, at 1:30PM is the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College Commencement. The Commencement is being held at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

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Plan/BuildClosed 19 & 26th


The SJC Department of Community Development office will be closed on Wednesday June 19th and 26th for staff training on the new permit software and expediting permit application review.

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Council Budget Retreat Scheduled


SJC Council will hold a 2020 “Budget Retreat” on Lopez, June 25 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Lopez Island Library (2225 Fisherman Bay Road).




Friday Harbor Fireworks Information


Do you remember how great the fireworks were last year? The Chamber needs your help in raising some fireworks funds!

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Folklife Festival On SJI, Lopez & Orcas


ig_Terrence_Enyeart-001 (93k image)The Folklife Festival will hold three gigs in the San Juan Islands - June 14 at the Alchemy Arts Center on San Juan Island, June 15 at the Lopez (Island) Grange and June 16 at the Lower Tavern on Orcas Island.




Kiwanis 4th of July Pig War Picnic


ig_SO_K_PigWarPicnic2019-001 (90k image)almost time for San Juan Island’s Annual Fourth of July Pig War Picnic! You’re not going to want to miss this year’s Pig War Picnic. Live Music, Kids Games, Beer Garden and much much more. If you were there last year, you joined hundreds of island families who brought their kids, friends, and relatives to our one-of-a-kind community picnic.

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Looking For Members "Monument Advisory"


his Thursday is the deadline for the current round of MAC applications.
The BLM is accepting applications for five seats on our Monument Advisory Committee. The deadline for application is this Thursday, June 13.

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Renew Your Energy Assist Credit


OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to a Rock Island bill for internet services

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FH Garden Tour June 8th


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June 2-8 is Garden Club Week in the Town of Friday Harbor. The San Juan Island Garden Club holds its Annual Garden Tour June 8, 2019; 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets $15.00 available at Ace Hardware, Browne’s Garden Center, & Griffin Bay Books

FH Mayor signed the following proclamation.

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Calling all Artists, Crafters, Growers, Makers & Keepers


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Annual Grange Arts & Crafts Show accepting entries starting June 7 (4-8pm drop off), for the June 8th show (9am - 4pm).
Bring your creations to the Grange Hall to display in our Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Professionals and all ages are welcome; think a smaller version of the County Fair.

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FHHS Aerospace Design Team Community Presentation


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On Monday, June 10 from 5-6:00pm the Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team will hold a community presentation where they will explain the program and proposal work that earned them a spot at the world finals for the International Space Settlement Design Competition.

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Burning Season Is Closed


The 2018/19 burning season has come to a close. All permits issued this year and last fall are now expired. Commercial and Residential burning is over for the season. Check back to the San Juan County Fire Marshal's Office for the latest in burning info including Fire Risk and Burn Ban Status.

Campfires remain allowed at this time and do not require permits. Please be very careful with campfires and barbecues. It is very dry outside and although at this time burn risk is LOW it is not expected to remain so for long. For those with Vacation Rentals, note the burn risk status to your guests so that they too may have a safe and fire-free summer here in San Juan County. Any questions please email: firemarshal@sanjuanco.com




Basball Field Completion At John O. Linde Park Discussion Monday


At the Monday, June 3, 2019, at 5:00 p, the SJI School District Board of Directors will hold a Special School Board Meeting at the School District Office to discuss a "Proposal to Facilitate the Completion of Baseball Field at the John O. Linde Park."




SJI NHP Tourism Creates $19.3 million


A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 255 thousand visitors to San Juan Island National Historical Park in 2018 spent $15.1 million dollars in communities near the park.

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FH Has Grant Money To Promote 2020 Tourism


The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is now accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2020. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder and winter seasons.

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$5.8M to OPALCO For Energy Efficiency Projects


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OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades can cut energy spending in half for heating and transportation, compared to fossil fuels (propane, gasoline), saving thousands of dollars over the life of the project while reducing carbon emissions in our sensitive environment.

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LEO Club Community Gifts


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the FHHS LEO Club held it’s 12th Annual Golf Scramble at the San Juan Golf and Tennis Club. This yearly fundraiser is supported by the San Juan Golf & Tennis Club, local golfers, local merchants, and the San Juan Lions Club.

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FH Military Museum Open To Public Saturday


AL-Sign-001 (66k image)American Legion Post 163, Friday Harbor will be open to the public on Saturday, May 25th This is a rare opportunity to visit the Club and Military Museum for non-members. The American Legion is a U.S. war veterans' organization. It was chartered September 16, 1919, by the U.S. Congress.

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Free Tie Dying: Farmer’s Market


Feel like putting a little free spirit in your summer? Saturday, June 1st for Tie Dying at the Farmer’s Market! Island Rec staff will be stationed at the Brickworks Building, 150 Nichols Street, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Shirts will be available for purchase or bring your very own, “plain white tee” for FREE! Mark your calendars, this is a groovy community event not to be missed!




State Recognizes Orcas & SJI Schools


Over the past year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, and Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee created a new system of recognizing and celebrating schools’ achievement on the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) measures. The 2017 to 2018 results are in, and both Orcas and San Juan Island high schools have made the list.

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SJI Hospital Board Today


an Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. to be held at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). The District can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sjcphd1/




Caution! Wet Paint In Friday Harbor



Town streets are being restriped with fresh paint on the week of May 20, 2019. Work will include centerlines, lane/edge lines and curb markings.

The goal is to complete restriping of most major streets, as well as some of the secondary streets. The work schedule is weather dependent.

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Tourism Survey of Residents & Businesses


Recent studies /font> reported visitors’ opinions toward tourism issues and possible solutions. Many people requested similar surveys of residents and businesses.

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June Is Family Reunification


Washington has proclaimed June Family Reunification Month, to commemorate parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles. On June 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., the San Juan County Council will declare June Family Reunification Month in San Juan County.

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PastaPalooza Dinner May 17


Join The Whale Museum on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. The dinner is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s second annual San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Help welcome and cheer on the participants! All are invited to the dinner which is catered by Downriggers.

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Are You Ready To Enter In The Fair?


Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, gardens are growing, the sun is shining and birds are chirping! This year’s Fair theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots” reminds us of the cyclical nature of the seasons and the cycles of life. Now is the perfect time to start planning your fair entry to ensure you are blue-ribbon ready for entry day on Tuesday, August 13th.

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My Name Is Chef Chutney


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Hello there! My Name Is Chef Chutney and I just found a lovely recipe for an Indian dish. Maybe you could join me for an early dinner, I like to eat at 3:00. I picked up some fresh naan at the bakery, maybe you could bring a mango or two?

I will be hungry and waiting for you at the animal shelter.




Wa Best State In U.S.


Washington is the best state in the country, according to the third annual 2019 Best States rankings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, including education, health care, infrastructure and the economy. The report emphasized Washington’s thriving technology sector as well as the state’s aggressive efforts to promote clean, affordable energy.

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Island Air Ambulance Accreditation


Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit organization that audits and accredits medical transport services worldwide.

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PastaPalooza Dinner May 17


Join The Whale Museum on Friday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the PastaPalooza Dinner Event at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor. The dinner is a special carb-loading event to celebrate Orca Running’s second annual San Juan Island Half Marathon which takes place the next day. Help welcome and cheer on the participants! All are invited to the dinner which is catered by Downriggers.

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FHL Open House MAY 11, 2019 11 am - 4 pm


As you find your way across our beautiful FHL campus, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at our facilities and learn about the exciting research being done here. No need to RSVP to this family-friendly event that’s open to all ages!

On your self-guided tour you can:

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Fish for Teeth Taco Fundraiser


Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing mission with another Fish Taco Fundraiser on Friday, May 10, 11-1:30, this time at a new location, on the lawn across from the Sheriff’s Office (on Second Street). An $8.00 suggested donation lands you a full-on burrito-sized “taco,” filled with sustainably-harvested Washington Coastal Rockfish, Pablito’s salsa, Tillamook cheese, zesty greens, and a squeeze of lime. Absolutely delicious.

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SJI Fire District Commissioners Meeting


The next regular meeting for the Board of Commissioners for San Juan County Fire District #3 will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 1011 Mullis St., the Mullis Street Fire Station.

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Eastsound Income Survey in May


The County is surveying Eastsound households in May to determine the median income. This survey data is required for the County to apply for Community Development General Purpose Block Grants administered by Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Burning Closures In May


ig_FD_SlashBurn-02 (86k image) Burning Season is coming to a close in San Juan County. All Commercial Permits will be closing on May 15th at sundown. Residential permits will close on May 31st at midnight. Recreational fires remain open -for the time being. www.sanjuanco.com/1088/Fire-Marshal




Children’s Festival Saturday


The 29th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 4th, 2019. Community organizations will provide creative and hands-on activities. Children will have the opportunity to unleash their inner super hero with crafted masks, capes, and arm bands.

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Fair Calls For Local Performers


San Juan County Fair calls for local performer applications for the 2019 San Juan County Fair, applications are being accepted online. Performers from San Juan County and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply.

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