Power Out For 6,000+

Big winds hit the islands on Tuesday, May 23rd leading to a number of power outages in the islands. The largest outage occurred on San Juan Island when a tree was blown into the transmission lines near the Pear Point substation where OPALCO’s power comes ashore from the submarine cable that delivers power from the mainland.

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Retirement Party For Nancy

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The San Juan Community Home Trust is hosting a retirement party for Nancy DeVaux at the San Juan Island Grange Hall on Thursday (05-25-17), 5pm to 7:00pm,. To celebrate Nancy’s 12 years of success in developing permanently affordable homes on SJ island. The event is a potluck.

What's the buzz? SJ IStage Left opens Humble Boy Thursday

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SJ County It's early summer and the Humble family is dealing with the loss of their patriarch - an unassuming science teacher with a penchant for bees: at the Fairgrounds for the next four weeks - opening Thursday May 25 and then at the Wold Rd stage for three weeks. Set in an English garden, the script is full of gardening references, with hints of Hamlet and a bit of astrophysics thrown in. This lovely play will keep you laughing a lot and perhaps crying a little. The perfect play for early summer.

Washington at War (WWI)

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017, at 7:pm the San Juan Island Public Library presents historian Lorraine McConaghy, who will present a program about what occurred one-hundred years ago in 1917, a war that American entered to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington's homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward.

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SJCPHD#1 Meets Wednesday

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners Meeting Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for a 5:00 pm. - Regular Meeting, at the Legislative Hearing Room located at 55 Second Street. Full agenda follows below:

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Family Nature Club

A free monthly outdoor exploration club for families will meet rain or shine for a National Trails Day Hike/ Participants will meet in the parking lot on the corner of West Valley Rd and Roche Harbor Rd at 1pm.

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Monument Advisory Committee Members Wanted

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until May 26, 2017.

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Special 3-day Candidate Filing Period

The following offices will be open during the three-day filing period:

Shaw Island School District #10 School Board Director #1
Port of Orcas Port Commissioner #2
San Juan County Cemetery District #3 Cemetery Commissioner #2
San Juan County Cemetery District #3 Cemetery Commissioner #3
Cape San Juan Water District Water Commissioner #2
Cape San Juan Water District Water Commissioner #3
Eastsound Sewer & Water District Sewer & Water Commissioner #5

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BUI Emphasis Patrols Started

State and local law enforcement agencies will join forces to conduct boating under the influence (BUI) emphasis patrols on waterways across Washington, from Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 19.

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Free Facebook Marketing Workshop

Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join the EDC to learn more about Facebook marketing at a FREE workshop on Wednesday, May 24th on Orcas Island.

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Orcas Call For Film Artists

Orcas Island Film Festival Open Call To Submit Short Film Projects. 3 winners will be awarded $5,000 each to make their films. The Festival will award grants of $5,000 to three filmmakers to explore the SJIs and use it as a canvas to create short films that inspire, inform and entertain. Submissions are being accepted from May 12th to June 2nd at midnight.

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FHH Needs "Evaluators"

he Community Service-Learning Projects class at Friday Harbor High School is a chance for juniors to explore their passions and strengths by designing a project with a community partner that addresses a need in the community. By designing and completing a meaningful project it is hoped that students will leave a lasting legacy for the school, community and themselves.

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-- Guest Column --

It's Filing Week

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We often assume that someone else is more qualified, somehow more secure, or more able to contribute. Perhaps this is part of why nearly 50 vacancies exist on government boards across the county. It's also filing week this week for a many public offices, from port districts to school boards to Lopez's new hospital district. Many will only see one applicant.

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FH Laboratories OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House. This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities.

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Flags At Half-Staff Monday

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In accordance with Flag Code section 7(m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, 2017. Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 15, 2017, in recognition of the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on May 15, 2017. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition. Please call (360) 239-1317 if you have any questions about this flag lowering.

Lime Quarrying and Limemaking

Have you ever wondered how lime is made from limestone? Or gazed in wonder at the lime kilns scattered across our islands? Why, for that matter, is our State Park called Lime Kiln? Local architectural historian Boyd C. Pratt's new book Lime: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands tells all. Here are the blurbs:

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SJC Hospital Commissioners Special Meeting Friday

SJCPHD#1 Special Meeting/Work Session May 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. to be held at the Frank Wilson EMS Building.

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2nd Graders Kindness Rock Garden

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The 2nd graders at Friday Harbor Elementary school have joined the world wide movement to spread random acts of kindness. They gathered, designed and painted kindness rocks to inspire people. They placed the majority of the rocks at a Kindness Rock Garden located near the Friday Harbor ferry landing at Roy’s Island Buzz Drive-Thru. The Garden is now on a world wide MAP of Kindness rock gardens. Now people can look it up and come swap or take a rock. Click HERE for their blog,

FH Tour de FamilyOn Friday

Come join in on the bike fun with family bike rides, activities, free gear, and a bike swap; Friday, 12 May, 2017, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM at the new John O. Linde Community Park on Carter St.

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Women's Fund Awards 5 Grants

The Women's Fund is a Pooled-Donor Advised Fund held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Together, they were able to award five grants to local nonprofit organizations. 76 Women's Fund members voted to fund the following projects:

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Flood Risk Open House Wednesday

May 10th, 2017 open house from 2:00 PM (Presentation at 2:15) to 4:00 PM at the San Juan Council legislative hearing room 55 Second Street. Read more HERE

Free Boater Education Card

Course information: “Adventures in Boating,” 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, 13 May Saturday) Mullis Street Fire Station (1011 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor, WA)NO COST for course. Instructors from Sheriff’s Office & USCG Auxiliary.Bring a sack lunch. Reserve NOW by contacting David Tribolet at 376-3994 or tribolet@orcasonline.com.

OPALCO Board Stays The Same

The successful candidates in the recent OPALCO board election are incumbents Vince Dauciunas and Mark Madsen.

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Jennifer Williams’ - Healing Waters

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Jennifer Williams’ - Healing Waters is a collection of landscape paintings offering an escape from our busy lives. In choosing this years theme of Healing Waters, she aspires for her paintings to be visual reminders of our fragile natural environment.

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Want One..or All Three?

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Kittens, kittens, kittens! Head on down to Crazy Larry’s “Mile-0-Kittens” for this season’s new arrivals! We’ve got your tabby kittens. We’ve got your sleek black kittens [that one looks like trouble -Ed}, your long-haired kittens and your short-haired kittens. These beauties have very low mileage, and are ready to snuggle right off the lot…. Check out our fantastic low, low rates! What’s it gonna to take to get one of these babies into your home? C’mon over to Crazy Larry’s (aka The Animal Shelter) for a test cuddle soon!

FH Park St Sewer Update

Street Closure Week of May 8th: The Marguerite Place and Park Street Intersection will closed for an extended period of time as the Contractor installs underground concrete structures. Closure will last approximately 1 ½ days.

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AmeriCorps Coming To San Juan Islands

This summer the San Juan County Health & Community Services Department in collaboration with the Family Resource Centers on Lopez, Orcas, and the San Juan Islands and the Opportunity Council will launch a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA poverty alleviation project

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Clean Vessel Act Prevents Sewage In State Waters

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Pumpout boats, public education and collaboration with marinas divert 10 million gallons of onboard sewage to onshore treatment.

Seattle - In 2016, the Washington Clean Vessel Act, a joint project of Washington State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Washington Sea Grant, helped divert a record 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Puget Sound, Lake Washington and other state waterways

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Planned Outage For Shaw & Orcas

OPALCO members on all of Shaw Island and west of Youngren’s Pond / Loon Song Lane on Orcas Island will experience an overnight planned power outage beginning at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 10th. Power restoration is expected by 4:00 am on Thursday, May 11th.

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Have An Idea For A SJC Lic Plate?

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There's a new campaign for a specialty license plate that would generate funds to support conservation lands in the San Juan Islands. Original artwork for the design will be accepted through June 1 this year and some of those will be exhibited on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island.

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WSF Wants Your Opinion

The Washington State Transportation Commission is conducting a new survey they want you to take so they can learn about your experience and satisfaction using WSF during the 2017 winter (Jan-Apr) period this year.

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Shrimp Fishery Opens May 6

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Recreational spot shrimp fishing will open May 6 in Puget Sound under seasons announced today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

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