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Evans Column: New Management, New Attitude
Keeshan Column: Life’s Jolts
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New Trojan Heron Posting: FOSJ Litters Beaches

Things to do on Lopez - Orcas - San Juan

Letters On OPALCO Election
NEW Open Letter To TFH: ”I Know You Don’t Care…

Today's Weather

County-Wide Planned Power Outage Overnight

MAY 8th @ 11:59 p.m. to May 9th @ 7:00 a.m.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) will be doing high-voltage maintenance work on the Fidalgo Substation. Power will be off for all of San Juan County

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Derelict Vessel Prevention Program Surges Forward On New Funding

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(file photo of a sinking boat by Jim Slocomb)

San Juan County’s Derelict Vessel Prevention Program, which has lost funding in the past, then regained it, and now is being expanded throughout Puget Sound to combat the growing problem of derelict vessels in Washington waters.

The program saves money and prevents pollution by identifying problem boats and connecting owners with community resources to help them properly handle the situation before the boats become unseaworthy and possibly sink.

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Skagit Valley College Scholarships Funded

The Skagit Valley College (SVC) Foundation Board of Governors recently approved more than $440,567 in endowed scholarship funds to be awarded to SVC students throughout Island, Skagit, and San Juan counties during the 2014-15 academic year. This endowed scholarship allocation is the largest scholarship distribution SVC Foundation has ever provided in its 35-year history.

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Orcas Program “What Defines Art?”

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(-Promotional photo)

A film festival on Orcas is exploring the eternal topic of What Is “art?” by highlighting some unusual approaches to art, Indralaya will host a free, sunday evening film festival during April. A discussion will follow. Everyone is welcome.

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Spring Gardening Workshop

The San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners present the 2014 Spring Gardening Workshop: Sustainable Gardening in Your Own Back Yard, at Friday Harbor Middle School on Saturday, April 26th. Keynote speaker, ErinBenzakein , founder of Floret Flower Farm (www. in Mount Vernon.

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Earth Day 2014: Do Somthing Cool Today


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(Earth Day flag designed by John McConnell)

April 22 is the date of Earth Day, an annual event that was proposed in 1970 after John McConnell came up with the idea for the day as a day to do something of an environmental protection, or improvement nature.

McConnell made the suggestion at a UNESCO Conference, and some time afterwards the then Secretary Genera of the United Nations signed a proclamation in support. It is believed to now be celebrated in over 200 countries, both by individual and organized events and action projects.

SJI Island Hazardous Waste Round-up

Hazardous Waste Round-up have been extended. The site on Sutton Road will be open from 9 AM to 2 PM on the 26th for free household hazardous waste drop-off.

Wastes that contains pollutants or poisons will be accepted separately from your regular solid waste at no charge, and there will be a separate line from the gate to the exact hazardous waste drop-off location.

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Monday CC Public Hearing, Action On Solid Waste Contract Expected


The County Council will hold a continued public hearing (Agenda) on Monday (04-21-14, at 9:15 AM) on an agreement between the County and Lautenbach Industries Operations Plan for the San Juan Island Handling Facility (i.e. the Town dump) that the County will Lease from the Town. For it's part, the Town Council will also hold a Special Meeting on the same day, to discuss, and vote for the expected approval of "Lease and Operations Agreements" regarding the Sutton Road Transfer Station.

While Friday Harbor Sleeps


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(IG photo)

Construction crews are working night and day to complete the installation of a new water main, pressure reducing valves and associated water meters and lines on Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The above photo was shot at around 3 AM as Lawson Construction Crews work on the base for the new asphalt; by morning a crew from J & M Construction was on the job.

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Reasons I Seek Re-Election

ig_V_Dauciunas-1 (12k image)By Vince Dauciunas

I am running for a second term as a member of the Board of Directors of OPALCO.

I want to help make sure that what is a great Cooperative now becomes an even greater one in the future.

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Free Tree Day In The County-This Year It Is Flowering Red Currant

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( Isadora Kinnaman & Isabelle Derksema came in 2013 to pick up their trees -IG file pphoto)

Arbor Day Tree Give-Away 2014 will take place April 18th on Lopez, April 19, 2014 on Orcas & San Juan, from 10:00AM until we run out of trees. For your flowering red currant, come to Market Place on San Juan Island, the Orcas Farmer’s Market on Orcas or the Lopez Village Market on Lopez Island.

The Friday Harbor Grange #225, Orcas Island Grange #964 and Lopez Island Grange #1060 will host the Give-Away of this year’s tree: the Flowering Red Currant.

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Spring Gardening Workshop Coming Up

The San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners present the 2014 Spring Gardening Workshop: Sustainable Gardening in Your Own Back Yard, at Friday Harbor Middle School on Saturday, April 26th. Keynote speaker, Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flower Farm (www. in Mount Vernon

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Ponder This ……

ig_Hector_Cyre-001 (10k image)By Hector Cyre

Is there anything more joyous and hopeful than Spring? The weather is warming. New leaves are bursting from the trees. The early-season rhododendrons and daffodils splash color across our yards. My sailboat is nearly ready to go back in the water, carrying dreams of magical days on San Juan Channel.

Our first-half County property tax payment is due. Huh?

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Comments Wanted On doe Oil Spill Contingency Plans

The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting comments on proposed updates of rules requiring approved oil spill contingency plans for vessels traveling in the state.

The proposed updates provide more clarity for the Chapter 173-182 WAC Oil Spill Contingency Rule. The WAC ensures Washington waters aren't polluted by mandating oil spill contingency plans for all vessels traveling in the state.

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SJI School District Looking At Budget Options

The San Juan Island School District Board, teachers, staff and public will dig into a scheduled review and discussion on Wednesday of Budget Options for the 2014-15 school year.

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Salmon Fisheries Set For 2014

A portion of the estimated 23 million sockeye returning to Canada's Fraser River will make their way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the waters around the San Juan Islands, and State and tribal co-managers haveagreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

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Why I Seek Another Term

ig_Glenna_Hall-002 (13k image)By Glenna Hall

I am proud to be the San Juan Island District representative on the Board of Directors of Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. I am seeking another term because I want to make sure that this well-run and highly ethical company continues to move into the future for islanders, and is not captured by special interests and those who would take it back to the last century.

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EPA Changes To Help County

The Washington Department of Ecology has adopted changes to the State Environmental Policy Act rules. The changes are said to make SEPA rules work better for local governments and their communities while considering environmental protection needs.

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Measles Immunizations Iin FH Thursday, April 10

The Health Department will be providing additional immunizations in Friday Harbor on Thursday, April 10, 2014 between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. If you do not have a regular health care provider call the Health Department (378-4474) and make an appointment to get immunized now.

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Taking the Pressure Off In FH

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(IG photo)

Town of Friday Harbor water routes it’s potable water into a large above ground storage tank and then it flows through main water lines down Spring Street to the town. By the time it gets to the lower water meters the pressure in the pipes is high. Too high.

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In Response To Charges

Common Sense Alliance (CSA) would like to set the record straight in response to statements made by David Dehlendorf in a recent rhetorical essay in the Journal (page 7, April, 2, 2014) and certain statements made by the Friends of the San Juans on the same day in a pleading to the Growth Management Hearings Board on the County’s recently adopted amendments to the Critical Areas Ordinance.

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Audit Faults SJC Hospital District Financial Reporting

The San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 ((Inter Island Medical Center and San Juan Emergency Medical Services) Hospital Audit (pdf (872\k file) for January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 was released this week (04-07-14) and again faults the District for inadequate financial reporting the state finds necessary “to ensure accurate reporting.”

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Need To Immunized Against Measles Continues

The San Juan County Health Department, once again urges all adults who are around young children, parents, and grandparents to ensure that they are fully immunized against measles.

If you cannot get an appointment with your health care provider please call the Health Department at 378-4474. Vaccinations will be available through the Health Department this week.

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Geyman To Be Honored By SJI Aviation Museum

ig_John_Geyman-001 (7k image)John Geyman to become the seventh recipient of the annual award honoring contributions to aviation on SJ Island. The induction ceremony is scheduled for 2 PM Sunday (04-17-14) at the Roy Franklin Terminal, FH Airport. The Port of Friday Harbor and San Juan Pilot’s Association invites the public to attend & enjoy early Island aviation stories -& light refreshments.

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No New Measles Reported

No additional cases have been reported or are under investigation in San Juan County since April 18, 2014. Over the past month there have been a total of six (6) cases of measles among San Juan Island residents. All known cases are now beyond the contagious period. However:

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Trash to Toys on Earth Day

On Lopez,Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm Join Chom, Oy, and Heidi for Trash to Toys at the lOPEZ Library on Earth Day! We'll take trash and every day recyclables and turn them into toys that do amazing things.

Sunshine Alley 22nd April Open House

Sunshine Alley 22nd April Open House, 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday April 22nd in Brickworks to review and comment on the results of the Sunshine Alley Design Workshops.

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Public Works Open House On Cattle Pt Road Realignment

The public is invited, and the Council will be attending, a SJC Public Works Open House on the Cattle Point Road Realignment: Apr 21, 2014 - Monday - 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM at thellis Center, 589 Nash Street, FH, to review & discuss the design drawings with representatives of the Federal Highway Administration, and others.

SJI Kindergarten RegistrationTuesday/Wednesday

Friday Harbor Elementary School welcomes the Kindergarten class of 2014-2015! Registration for next year’s Kindergarten class will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22nd and 23rd in the school office.

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Free Orcas Workshop On Business

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Wednesday, April 23, from 9am until noon. Advance registration is required.

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Guest Opinion

OPALCO Is Off Track

ig_Alex_MacLeod-02 (30k image)By Alex MacLeod

There is growing evidence that things have gone seriously off track at the OPALCO Board of Directors. While the Board and its incumbent candidates for re-election talk about openness and transparency, the Board’s actions reveal a starkly different reality.

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County Wide Vacancies On Boards & Commissions

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County's website at:

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List Of Current Measles Exposure Sites

Currently there are a total of six (6) cases of measles on San Juan Island, a Kitsap County resident diagnosed with measles was contagious during his stay in Friday Harbor, and one additional case is under investigation. Current information indicates that exposures in Friday Harbor took place as late as April 8th at numerous locations.

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OPALCO Board Thursday On Lopez

The regular meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors will be held at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Lopez Islander Resort, Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island. More information can be found on our website at All members are welcome

Audubon Lopez Field Trip

SJI Audubon Lopez Field Trip, Saturday, April 19, 7:30 AM. Meet at Lopez Ferry landing and car pool with participants from the other islands. Trip over around noon. More info, 468-2258

Scammer Using Airlift Northwest Name

A warning has been issued that someone who is not connected with Airlift Northwest is making phone calls asking the person who answers to "renew their Airlift Northwest Membership" and doing so with "an insistent demeanor."

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Local Man A Guggenheim Fellow

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Thor Hanson is among this year’s ninetieth annual Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recipients for his work in “Science Writing.” Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful 178 scholars, artists, and scientists candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

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Easter Basket Sale By Peace Island Volunteers

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(L to R: Pamela Arnold; Alyce Payne; Anne Benedict; Patti Douglas, &Joan Von Weien.-Contributed photo)

Peace Island Volunteers will be selling Easter baskets they have filled with goodies, both edible and non-edible, Thursday, (04- 17-14), 9:00am to 1:00pm in the main lobby.

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Trail Discussion On Westcott

San Juan Island National Historical Park will hold workshop to discuss draft alternatives for trails on the Mitchell Hill/Westcott Bay additions to English Camp at 5-8pm on April 22 at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. more information at 360-378-2240 ext 2224, or e-mail at

Shipyard Honored For Environmental Leadership

Jensen Shipyard is celebrating Earth Day this year with a new designation. The Clean Boating Foundation of Washington has extended their Leadership Clean certification to Albert Jensen and Sons, Inc (aka Jensen Shipyard).

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Sunshine Alley Design Review

The Town of FH wants feedback on possible designs for Sunshine Alley. Results of design workshops will be exhibited for review & comment from Tuesday April 22nd at Brickworks from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Spring Concert! SJ Singers

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Silver Screen Serenades-Hollywood's Hits, Whittier Theatre, Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 at 7:30 pm.San Juan Island’s community chorus takes us to the movies during their annual spring concert !

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Salary Commission Meeting

The Citizens’ Salary Commission will meet to discuss compensation of elected officials on Thursday, April 10th, at 12:00 noon, in the first floor Hearing Room of the Legislative Building, 55 Second St., in Friday Harbor. The public is invited to attend. Agenda

Galt Withdraws OPALCO Candidacy

Don Galt, Sr. has withdrawn his candidacy for the OPALCO District 1 board election that opens Friday April 11th. “I want to thank the petitioners for inviting me to participate for the OPALCO board,

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Increased Vessel Traffic Forum

On April 14 The League of Women Voters Presents Forum on Increased Vessel Traffic in the Salish Sea.

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Audubon Spring Field Trips

Join SJ Islands Audubon for a field trip on Saturday, April 12th during the first annual Orcas Island Bird and Wildlife Festival.

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Great Island Clean-Up Saturday

Public Works Director Frank Mulcahy reminds islanders that Saturday, April 5, volunteers from many organizations will be out cleaning up litter from County roads and beaches on San Juan and Orcas Island. Thanks to the organizers and volunteers for keeping our islands and water clean! Everyone please be extra alert on the roads this Saturday, especially on Orcas where this is the first time for the Great Island Clean-up

Children’s Festival Poster Winners

Island Rec is pleased to present the winners of the Annual Children’s Festival Poster Contest; see photos below:

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Salmon Recovery Project?

The SJC Lead Entity is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for the SJI for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2014 grant cycle.

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"Beautiful You Fashion Show"

Second annual “Beautiful You Fashion Show” Celebrating diversity in fashion and women, Sunday, April 6, 2:00pmat the Pavilion at Roche Harbor Resort
Ticket are $20.00 . For tickets call 378-8680, or purchase from participating shops (see below)

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Meet A SJ Firefighter

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Brandon Baney has been on San Juan Island for 20 years, coming from Santa Rosa, California with his grandmother when he was five years old.

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Crime Victim Service Center Meeting

The Crime Victim Service Center (CVSC) program, including Whatcom, San Juan & Skagit will be hold an open meeting to discuss services for victims of crime and funding that support program, April 3rd in Bellingham.

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SJI Library Coordinator Receives Award

SJI Library outreach coordinator Beth Helstien received the 2014 Merit Award for Advances in Library Services from the Washington Library Association.

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Measles Health Alert: Were You There? See List Below

A San Juan Island adult has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles. The dates this person was contagious are from March 21, 2014 to March 29, 2014. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral disease that spreads easily.

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Be A Weather Spotter

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Weather Spotter Training on Shaw and Lopez on April 5th. Want to help the National Weather Service with observations and data collection? Check out this free training

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