Get The Dirt On Cookie


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Dirt? What dirt? I may have recently taken part in some soil testing, but I don’t know anything about dirt. My name is “Cookie” and I’ve just arrived here, hoping to find my forever sofa…. er, that is, “HOME”. I’m just two years old and folks tell me I have lovely manners. Why don’t you come meet me and see for yourself?




SJI Community Foundation Awards $176,700 College Scholarships


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Ten graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and two graduating seniors from Spring Street International School were awarded new scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Previous recipients of the following scholarships have also been awarded one year renewals.

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Funders Promote Locally Grown Food


San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering again with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands.

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Web, “A” & Nichols St Closed


The contractor is schedule to close the Web St & Argyle St intersection for approximately two hours. The intersection closure is scheduled for Monday Jun 18th commencing at 9:30 AM and ending at 11:30 AM.

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SJIYC August Shaw Island Classic


Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 48th Annual Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be held Saturday, August 11. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, arriving back in Friday Harbor for lasagna dinner served by First Mates at the clubhouse and the awards presentation. Race details and registration information can be found at the Club’s website: www.sjiyc.com




Conversations With Gee’s Bend


Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend are “Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces.”

Several artists across many mediums have been invited to express their own dialogue with the women and work of Gee’s Bend in the summer exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Conversations With Gee’s Bend.

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FHHS Thea Seitz "Young Investigator" At FH Labs


Friday Harbor High School junior Thea Seitz will be this year’s Friday Harbor Lab’s “Young Investigator”. working in a paid internship with Director Billie Swalla doing genetic research. FHHS junior Joseph Kaden will be working with KWIAHT Director Russel Barsh doing environmental research this summer.

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Monday Panel On County Future


The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a panel discussion on the present situation and future outlook for the county from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the San Juan Island Library meeting room.

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Breakfast of Champions, Again


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(L to R: Carrie Unpingco, Helen Machin-Smith, Director & Co-Founder of Island Stage- photo)


At the invitation of the Community Foundation, directors and board members from thirty-five different organizations recently gathered to enjoy a delicious breakfast and to cultivate organizational and personal connections.

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SJI Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House Saturday


Saturday, June 9: 10am to 4pm: National Get Outdoors Day is a great reason to check out what’s happening at Zylstra Lake Preserve.

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Equal Pay Opportunity Act In Effect today


Starting today (06-07-18) in Washington, employees are legally required to receive equal pay and career advancement opportunities, regardless of gender. The changes are a result of the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in March. The new regulations update Washington’s equal pay law, which was established in 1943.

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Conversations With Gee’s Bend


Considered to be the most important African-American cultural contribution to the history of art in the US, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend are “Moving, Powerful and Abstract Masterpieces.”

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Salish Canoe Journeys, Wed. SJI Library


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June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, SJI Library: Sam Barr, Lopezian, Samish tribal member, and canoe skipper for Stillaguamish tribe, will share information on Tribal Canoe Journeys with perspectives on historical and contemporary practice. He will discuss the importance of canoes as a vessel of cultural revitalization within Coast Salish communities.




Orcas Woman Killed In Mainland Auto Accident


Orcas resident Kathryn M. Jensen, 95, was killed Monday afternoon in an auto accident in Skagit County.

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Entertainment Set For Fair


The Fair entertainment this year includes a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - Alan White of YES and John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band fame performing with the 20+ piece Seattle Rock Orchestra, int Jimi Hendrix tribute guitarist-Randy Hansen, locally based international folk duo Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer, and an evening of dance with DJ Supa Sam - official Seahawks DJ, and Comedy with Andrew Rivers will round out the line-up.

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I’m Lucas, Don’t Be Late Adopting Me


ig_SO_PetWeek-Lucas-001 (39k image)Listen. We did not get out of bed this morning to be mediocre. We got up to face the world head on, with a smile on our faces and a zest for life! I, for one, think you’ll find life “zestier” with a true friend by your side. Plus, let me remind you; a good friend is much cheaper than a therapist.

My name is Lucas and I’m here at the animal shelter waiting for you. What time will you be by to pick me up?




Burning Extented To June 15


residential burn permits will expire at noon on June 15th. Residential burning will be closing two weeks later than the scheduled date of May 31st. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within Urban Growth Areas (UGA.)

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Annual Registration Renewals Misleading Letter


Secretary of State Kim Wyman is cautioning Washington business owners to be aware of a misleading and potentially fraudulent mailing that purports to be an official bill related to business registration requirements.

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“Yes for Homes” Coalition Pushs New Tax On Sale Of Real Estate


//(Press release)// Local housing activists are hailing the passage of a San Juan County ordinance meant to tackle the County’s growing affordable housing crisis.
On Tuesday, the San Juan County Council unanimously approved Ordinance 11-2018. The Ordinance authorizes the County to collect a one-half of one percent (0.5%) real estate excise tax (REET) on the sale of real property.

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Helen’s View


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Darlings, I am of the opinion that people who do not like cats will come back in their next life as mice. If you concur, please get in touch. My name is Helen and I am currently waiting to meet my new admirers at the animal shelter.




Burn Ban Begins June


Burn season is currently open until the end of May. However, depending on fuel conditions and weather forecasts, San Juan County may extend the burn season into June for residential burn permits only.

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Summer Family Arts Days At SJIMA


ig_SJIMA_ParentToddlerSmiling (41k image)Children and families create fun-tastic works with local artists at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. Family Arts Days are a summertime island tradition, where local artists teach island crafts in a fresh outdoor setting.

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Friday Harbor House Summer Kickoff Party Thursday


The new deck (and a kitchen) remodel is complete the public is invited Friday Harbor House’s Summer Kickoff Party on Thursday, May 24 from 4pm-7pm. The party will celebrate the completion of Friday Harbor House’s new outdoor space, complete with two expansive decks and five firepits, as well as mark the unofficial start of summer.

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San Juan Islander Rita Latsinova to Run for Court of Appeals


ig_P_Rita_Latsinova-003small (25k image)Rita Latsinova of Friday Harbor is running for the open seat on the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 3 (Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties). The vacancy was created when Judge Mary Kay Becker of Bellingham - one of two women judges out of 10 in Division 1 - announced her retirement after 24 years of distinguished service.

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What Is A County Fair?


If searching for County Fair in Wikipedia, one is redirected to “Agricultural Show.” We always think of the County Fair as a local event where we go to meet our friends, to see the animals, ride the rides and eat Fair food.

The first two parts, meeting friends and seeing animals hold true to the original definition and stem back to 1768 in England and has since evolved into much more.

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Meetings On SJI Library's Future


There will be a presentation and community open house at the San Juan Island Grange. There will be three meetings:
Sunday, May 20th, 3-5 pm & 7-9 pm & Monday, May 21st, 1-3 pm. The public is asked to participate to give their input on the future of the Library building. Prizes and refreshments throughout the events. For more information about the process so far, please Click Here.

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National Safe Boating Week


SEATTLE - The Coast Guard kicks off National Safe Boating Week, an annual observance to promote safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters, Saturday.

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 19-25, is the launch of the 2018 North American Safe Boating Campaign, and is endorsed and promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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State Denies Permit For 800k Atlantic Salmon Pens


Citing the risk of fish disease transmission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has denied permission for Cooke Aquaculture to transport 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from its hatchery near Rochester to net pens at Rich Passage in Kitsap County.

In late April, Cooke applied for permission to move juvenile non-native salmon from its hatchery into pens in Kitsap County to replace adult fish that were recently harvested. Washington lawmakers enacted a bill earlier this year that will phase out Atlantic salmon aquaculture by 2022, but Cooke plans to continue to operate until then.

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SJI School Board Vacancy


San Juan Island School Board Director Ralph Hahn announced his resignation from the school board on April 30, 2018. The school board accepted his resignation at the May 16, 2018 special board meeting. San Juan Island School District is currently seeking persons interested in public education to fill this unexpired term as a board member.

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NEW: Anacortes to Orcas on Thursdays


Beginning Thursday, May 17, there will be a 1:55 p.m. departure from Anacortes to Orcas Island on Thursdays for the remainder of the spring schedule. The 1:55 p.m. sailing was previously only available Fridays and SUNDAYS. We encourage passengers to make reservations for travel, and these additional sailings have been added to the reservation system. www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/TakeaFerry/




Skagit Valley College Registration Open


Registration for returning students is going on now for Summer AND Fall at all Skagit Valley College locations. Open Enrollment begins May 30th. Summer classes start July 2nd and Fall classes start September 25th.

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Fish For Teeth Taco Time Today


ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-03 (30k image)Fish Tacos, Friday, May 18 - SJI Community Theater - 11am-2pm - (or until GONE) - $8.00 Suggested Donation sponsored by and with proceeds to Fish For Teeth. Fish donated from Matt’s Fresh Fish

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"The Full Contact Activism Tour" In FH


Political activists and involved citizens Glen Morgan and Tim Eyman have teamed up on a riveting road show to bring “The Full Contact Activism Tour” that came to San Juan County May 15th to Friday Harbor at the Golf and Country Club in Friday Harbor.

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Janice Elizabeth Peterson


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June 14, 1943 ~ May 7, 2018


Janice Peterson never shied away from a lively debate or an opportunity to prove her comprehensive command of language, art, politics, philosophy, and communication. She loved her family and friends fiercely and proved it every day of her life. She died May 7, after a long and brave battle against lung cancer.

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David F. Jones


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January 30, 1940 ~ May 6, 2018


David F. Jones passed away peacefully in Seattle on May 6, 2018 at the age of 78 after an 18 year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born and raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Subsequently, he underwent training as a nuclear engineer and submariner, serving five years on the U.S.S. Patrick Henry, a Polaris submarine.

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Salish Seeds Project Nursery Tour Saturday


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Treat mom a day early with a tour (2:00pm to 3:30pm) of the Salish Seeds Project native plant nursery at Red Mill Farm. The Land Bank’s Eliza Habegger will guide you through the nursery, exploring the challenges and rewards of growing our local wildflowers in habitats ranging from a pot on the deck, to a restoration project.

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Start Building For The “Hill of Thrills” Soap Box Race


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Island Rec is very exciting to announce the third running of the now famous Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race on Sunday, May 20.

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Soroptimists Receive Community Leadership Award


The San Juan Island School District nominated Soroptimists International of Friday Harbor for the WASA 108 Community Leadership Award for Spring, 2018. WASA, Washington Association of School Administrators, Region 108, annually accepts nominations for Community Leadership Awards to recognize and honor individuals and organizations who support public education.

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FH Labs OPEN HOUSE Saturday


On Saturday, May 12, 2018, 1:00 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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Celebrate Mother’s Day At Art for Fun


ig_A_Flowers-001 (80k image)Celebrate Mother’s Day with family and friends on May 9 at an “Art for Fun” painting class at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) from 5:45pm-8:00pm.
Artist and instructor, Kristen Abramson will guide folks through the process of creating a simple painting of a vase of flowers, titled “Picasso’s Bouquet.”

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Tell Me My Favorite Story


ig_SO_Jem-001 (41k image)Hi. It’s me, Jem. Can you please tell me my favorite story again? You know, the one about the dog who goes for a ride in the car and ends up at the vet? That one really tickles my funny bone. Geez, dogs are dumb.

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But... What About That Pig?


Examine that signal event of the Pig War from a porcine point of view...

What breed was the boar and what was he doing running loose? Why did Lyman Cutlar have a potato patch, there in a Hudson's Bay Company "prime sheep run"? Boyd roots around for answers and spreads the dirt on the Pig War. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the San Juan Island Trails Committee. Monday, May 7th at 7:00 pm at the San Juan Island Library, free.





Community Services Van Coming To Orcas


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Rural households who find the trip to their local CSO (Washington State Community Service Office) too far to travel, will only have to travel to Eastsound on the 15th & the 16th at the Community Church, 176 Madrona St, for services in a 40-foot truck that is transformed into functioning offices.

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Proposals For Lopez Affordable Housing Sought


Following a public hearing on April 24, 2018, San Juan County officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase .8083 acres of land situated in Lopez Village for the development of affordable housing rental units.

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Children’s Festival Saturday: Starry Starry Night


The 28th Annual Children’s Festival is this Saturday May 5, 2018. Dozens of community organizations will provide hands-on activities. This year the Flight Museum's traveling planetarium will be in place. The Argyle Street Jazz band is coming to perform, Island Rec is providing inflatable fun including a bungee run, Island Bicycles has donated some kids Bikes to be raffled off to some lucky kiddos, and FANS has been diligently practicing their balloon animal technique. Come join in for free family fun at the Fair Building




Shrimp Fishery Opens May 5


Recreational shrimp fishing will open May 5 in Puget Sound under seasons set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
This year's Puget Sound shrimp fishing seasons are generally similar to those in 2017, said Mark O'Toole, a shellfish biologist for WDFW, noting that he expects a strong turnout by shrimp fishers - especially on opening day.

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