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Native Plant Sale Sunday 1 to 3


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Come on out to the Salish Seeds Project nursery at Red Mill Farm, where you'll find camas bulbs, wildflowers, Garry oak seedlings, and seed packets of other native plants for sale. Limited quantities on hand. Directions to The San Juan Preservation Trust's Red Mill Farm Nursery: From Friday Harbor, take San Juan Valley Road for about two miles. Turn left (south) onto Valley Farms Road. Take the first driveway on the right at 1/4 mile. Parking will be near nursery, on left.

Please call Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or visit for more information.

Wanted For Rape Of A Child

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Sean Michael Hunter (A.K.A. Sunshine) was last seen leaving Friday Harbor going to Anacortes, but Sheriff Ron Krebs states “He has a dog at the shelter in Friday Harbor so he may be back. We do have a warrant for his arrest so he will be coming back one way or another.”

Hunter is 24 years old, 6’00”, 180 lbs. Brown/red hair, blue eyes, five dots tattooed down the bridge of nose.

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New Sidewalks For Roundabout


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Mike Carlson Enterprises worked late Thursday to tear out existing sidewalks at the roundabout on Spring Street in Friday Harbor to improve access. Motorists are asked to pay special attention to the ongoing street construction in Friday Harbor.

County-Wide Planned Power Outages

All of San Juan County will be affected by a series of two planned outages necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island.

These maintenance outages will happen on overnight , Tuesday, September 25th at 12:30 am & Tuesday October 23rd at 12:30 am to minimize impact to OPALCO consumers.

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Know Your Island Walk Saturday September 22,1-4 pm:


The horse trails on Mitchel Hill, follow Theresa Simendinger and her horse Zanzibar on a walk along her favorite trail. She will make stops along the way and tell us about building trails for horses, how to share the trail, what it is like to take care of a horse and here love for the outdoors. Terrain will be gentle paths, distance is about 3 miles. Please leave the dogs a home for this hike. Meet at Horse Trail Rd Entrance on West Valley Road just north of Mitchell Bay Road.

Kulp Gets 16 yrs, Minus-Time Served


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( Island Guardian photo)

44 year old Eric A. Kulp was back in court on Monday (09-17-18) to be sentenced on his guilty plea to the murder in the second degree of his wife, Abigail Finney, 38, on Shaw Island, and then hiding her body in a van on the property at their home (Original Report).

Kulp had entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution attorney which resulted in the dropping of a charge of unlawful imprisonment. While the remaining charge had the potential of Kulp being sentence to a life sentence of imprisonment without the possibility of parole, that did not happen, as he was sentenced to a total of 16 years, and granted for time served since his arrest.

Fall is Flu Clinic Time... Again

Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot! San Juan County Health and Community Services will be offering the following flu vaccine clinics on Lopez; Orcas, Shaw, and San Juan. See below for place and time:

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“The Integrity Of The Justice System”

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Given known facts, it is curious the lengths to which prosecuting attorney Randy Gaylord has gone to cover up his failure to check out a tip that might have kept the county from hiring a sheriff’s detective whose subsequent behavior blew up one sex case and compromised several others.

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Future Sidewalk For Pear Point?

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(Red line indicates proposal)

Public Works is in the planning stages of a proposed widening of the shoulder on Pear Point Road, leading from Argyle Avenue, terminating at the Jackson Beach Road.

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No Pass Needed For State Parks Saturday

No Discover Pass needed Sept. 22in -for day visits- in honor of National Public Lands Day. Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Washington State Parks invites the public to visit a state park for free on this day.

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Large Crowd At NOAA Meeting On Orcas

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NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries held a meeting in Friday Harbor on Saturday night to take public input on “what people in the region think” about the actions and plans NOAA has been considering to address the continuing decline of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Watch meeting HERE

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Rescuers Search For J50

Coast Guard personnel are assisting members of NOAA's Fisheries Service in the search for the missing Southern Resident killer whale, J50.

An intense search effort was launched Thursday in which a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, several NOAA researchers in separate boats and multiple whale watching vessels and organizations searched for the 31/2-year-old whale.

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J50 Presumed Dead

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(J5 -Center for Whale Research photo)

Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research states "J50 is missing and now presume dead. Balcomb rlease the following statement:

"The message brought by J50, and by J35 and her dead calf a few weeks ago, is that the SRKW are running out of reproductive capacity and extinction of this population is looming, while the humans convene task forces and conference calls that result in nothing, or worse than nothing, diverting attention and resources from solving the underlying ecological problems that will ultimately make this once-productive region unlivable for all."

The last sighting of J50 was by NOAA, SeaDoc, and other whale observers, on Friday, September 7th.

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Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew Saturday


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( - Maria DiCristina file photo)

It’s this Saturday, September 15th & tickets are on sale now. Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew offers a choice of three bike routes exploring the back roads of San Juan Island:

· The Mount Grant Grinder, for those who like a serious challenge in altitude gain
· The Metric Century for a roughly 62-mile ride (100 kilometers- yes, 100!)
· The Scenic Loop for families and cruisers.

Before the ride, eat breakfast at 9am at the starting area (SJC Fairgrounds) with the Cutthroat Pirates. Tt 4pm, enjoy samples of island-crafted microbrews while sharing your biking stories with fellow riders at the finish line (Marie Boe Building) at the Fairgrounds. Delicious food from local vendors will also be available.

NOAA Public Input Meeting In FH On Saving J50

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( lost body condition revealing a very thin profile, and noticeable loss of fat behind the head creating a “peanut head” appearance. Images obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively >NOAA photos taken under NMFS research permit #19091. )

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries are exploring and taking action to save J50, and are even considering a plan to capture her as a last attempt to save her.

The public has a stake in the J50 response and the recovery of Southern Resident killer whales and NOAA wants to know what people in the region think about this effort, and the potential steps that can be taken. NOAA will hold a public meeting Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Friday Harbor at Friday Harbor High School to hear the public’s views.

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Plane Accident On Takeoff -Roche Harbor


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An airplane departing from Roche Harbor crashed Wednesday morning (09-12-18) right after it took off. Unconfirmed early reports state there were no serious injuries. A possible cause of the crash may be related to a pilot seat malfunction that allowed the seat to slide to the rear of the airplane as the nose of the plane rose during takeoff, causing the pilot being unable to access the controls. The accident will be investigated and more information made available as it comes in.

Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan

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Washington State Ferries (WSF) will release the Draft Long Range Plan for a 45-day public comment period and hold a second round of community Open House (pdf 718.04 kb)meetings, one on Lopez, and one on San Juan Island.

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Become a First Detector Of Invasive Species

To help combat the $1.3 billion threat invasive species pose to Washington’s economy every year, the Washington Invasive Species Council is inviting the public to the frontlines of its work by detecting invasive species and reporting them on its newly improved WA Invasives app.

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Don’t Worry, We’re Going To Do Something..

On September 11, 2001, while on board United Airlines Flight 93, Burnett sat next to passenger Mark Bingham. Burnett called his wife, Deena, after hijackers took control of the plane. He made several phone calls to her beginning at 09:30:32 from rows 24 and 25, though he was assigned a seat in row four.[11][12] Burnett explained that the plane had been hijacked by men claiming to have a bomb.

Transcript of Tom's Last Calls to Deena

6:27 a.m.( pacific time) First cell phone call from Tom to Deena

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CG Responds To Call For Evacuation Of SJI Heart Attack Victim

A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a male reportedly suffering from a heart attack while at the Peace Island Medical Center near Friday Harbor, Sunday morning.

Due to inclement weather conditions and the inability of commercial medical transport services to operate in the environment, the Coast Guard aircrew transported the individual and a paramedic to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel at Paine Airfield.

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September Is Disaster Preparedness Month

While emergency preparedness is a year round responsibility for all islanders, the San Juan County Council recently proclaimed September as “Preparedness Month” in San Juan County.

“This is an opportunity to remind everyone who spends time in the islands that many of the things we love most about being here also require us to be especially well prepared for our inevitable emergencies and natural disasters,” said County Council Member Rick Hughes.

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Boat Sinks In Friday Harbor

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USCG Facebook screen capture

The Coast Guard is responding to a 40-foot sailing vessel that sank Wednesday in Friday Harbor. The vessel has been anchored for some time with no people reported aboard.

Members from the Island Oil Spill Association report a marine diesel sheen from an estimated 20-gallon tank and have deployed a boom to contain the spill.

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Vehicle Accident On Orcas


Sheriff Krebs reports a vehicle accident on Orcas occurred Wednesday when a vehicle traveling in an unknown direction on Orcas Road at Nordstrom Lane, left the roadway and struck a tree. There were two occupants in the car. One was sent to Harborview via Airlift and the other was sent to St. Joes in Bellingham via Island Air. It is unknown the extent of the injuries or the cause of the accident at this time. An investigation is being conducted into the cause and circumstances of the accident.

Canada & US Call On Prime Minister to Abandon Pipeline

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In light of the Canadian Government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and stated commitment to expanding it despite a court ruling quashing the expansion permit, elected representatives from the islands in the Salish Sea, on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border, have written an open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to abandon the expansion project.

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River Otters Without Rivers

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(L. Carswell photo)

by Dr. Brent Hughes

We live in an interesting time with respect to earth’s ecology. Several centuries of extreme overhunting by humans - first by European colonials and later with commercial overexploitation and human population expansion - have resulted in animals at the top of most food webs being removed. Top predators can influence entire food webs by keeping other consumers in check and stabilizing ecosystems, but we have little understanding of historical food web structure because predator loss (known as trophic downgrading) began so long ago.

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Warnings On Parker Ignored…Why?

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There is a crucial question left in the wake of the Orcas high school teacher convicted of sexual misconduct with a student, a case that was thrown out after it was discovered that the lead detective in the case was in a sexual relationship with the victim before and during the trial.

The question is this: was there any opportunity to know that the detective, Stephen Parker, had clues in his past that might have caused the county to reconsidered his hire or, failing that, to supervise him more closely?

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Canadian Federal Court Of Appeals Rules Against Transmountain Pipeline Application

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The Canadian Transmountain Expansion Pipeline Project lost a battle today (08-30-18) when the Canadian Federal Court Of Appeals ruled potential negative impacts of increased in tanker traffic related to the proposed crude oil pipeline from Alberta were not considered by the Canadian National Energy Board.

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WDFW Authorizes Transfer Of 800 Thousand Atlantic Salmon Into Net Pens

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company's hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to existing net-pen facilities in Puget Sound.

WDFW issued the fish transport permit this week after working to ensure Cooke had met all of the state's requirements for fish health.

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Power Line Clearing Work in Progress

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OPALCO tree trimming crews are at work throughout San Juan County clearing vegetation from around power lines for safety and to prevent outages this coming winter. This work is part of OPALCO’s routine annual line clearance program -also called Right of Way (ROW) clearing.

Trees and vegetation in the ROW, in proximity to high-voltage power lines, need to be pruned by expert, highly-insured professional utility tree crews.

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State Ferries Long Range Plan

Washington State Ferries (WSF) will release the Draft Long Range Plan for a 45-day public comment period and hold a second round of community meetings in Fall 2018. The public is asked to come to scheduled open house meetings to comment on the plan. Locations and times are as follows:

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Survey Open On Civic Campus Plan

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San Juan County is exploring options to centralize government operations in an efficient and community-centered new Civic Campus building located near the courthouse in Friday Harbor, and are asking community members to review the draft conceptual design information in the Executive Summary (.pdf 3642\k file) and Community Survey: The county is asking community members to review the draft conceptual design information (Virtual Open House and Executive Summary document) and provide input through a public survey at . The survey will be open until September 5. Individual responses will be kept confidential.

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Limited Licensing Services 8-26 to 9-3

Online licensing services will be unavailable from Sunday, August 26, through Monday, September 3; and state licensing offices will be closed Friday, August 31, through Monday, September 3. As a result, many county licensing offices - including San Juan County’s - will also be closed Friday, August 31. Normal services will resume September 4.

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No Rain For Rotary Concours d’Elegance


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The Rotary Club of San Juan Island and the Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands held their twelfth annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, August 26 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM for their charitable event, and all were happy there was no rain, and there was even a little sun. As always, fun, food, and interesting cars. Already planning for event thirteen next summer. All proceeds will benefit San Juan Island Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan and Rotary’s Polio Plus program. For info, visit

Supreme Court Reverses Court On I-1639

The Washington State Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon’s ruling on Initiative 1639 means the initiative will go before voters this November.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman had certified I-1639 to appear on the ballots because it met the qualifications the Legislature has empowered the Secretary to enforce, including having the number of submitted signatures and containing certain language on each petition. However, Secretary Wyman also expressed significant concerns over the formatting of the petitions.

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Pat O’Day Honored By Washington State


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Pat O’Day, the legendary Seattle disc jockey and concert promoter. Pat was the king of Top 40 radio from 3 to 6 weekdays in the Sixties has been recognized by the Washington’s Secretary of State Office’s Legacy Project, which documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. Read why O’Day had been selected for this honor here:

FH Student Awarded 1st In Art Contest

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(Rick Larsen & Ana Anderson -contributed photo)

This year Friday Harbor High School students Ana Anderson and Mariah Daniher (class of 2018) were awarded first and second place, respectively, in the 37th annual Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute. It was the first time FHHS students have entered the competition.

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Cause Of Lopez Power Outage In County

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When an medical emergency caused a truck to hit a transmission pole on Lopez Island, all of Orcas, Shaw, Blakely and some of Lopez island were without power for almost 10 hours after a car accident on Lopez took out a transmission pole at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 17th. Power was completely restored by 8:15 p.m. to Orcas, Shaw and Blakely and by 11:30 p.m. to all of Lopez. The driver of the truck involved in the accident is recovering from minor injuries. The reason it took so long is best shown in the photo (see rest of report and photo below) on how much gear was required to fix, not just a normal pole, but a pole that was part of the transmission system for the county.

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SJI Federal Park Issues Fire Restrictions

Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger on San Juan Island, Superintendent Elexis Fredy has announced fire restrictions in San Juan Island National Historical Park.

Beginning August 21, 2018, fire restrictions prohibit:

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Honeywell Appeal $50K Fine Denied

In April, the Washington State Supreme Court denied a request to review an October 2017 decision by the state Court of Appeals that affirmed a $55,000 fine and environmental restoration order issued by the Department of Ecology in July 2014 to Dave and Nancy Honeywell, owners of the Orca Dreams property located above False Bay on San Juan Island.

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$10K Reward For Information On Explosives

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing explosives near a trail in the San Juan County Land Bank Turtleback Mountain Preserve on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.

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About Those New Vacation Rental Permits

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I have reviewed the County’s new Vacation Rental Permit requirements and I found them most reasonable, I think they did a good job.

As a REALTOR, working in the field, I only noted two areas that may be difficult for some property owners to adapt to.

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13 Mo Sentence For Sex With 14yr Old Boy

Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor appeared before visiting Superior Court Judge Deborra E. Garrett on Tuesday to be sentenced for having sex with the son of a man she was living with at the time.

O’Day is 27 years old and the boy was 14 years old when she was involved in three sexual encounters with the boy. According to court documents O’Day admitted to a friend, and to the father, she had engaged in sexual acts with the boy.

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FH Artists At The Grange

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(Teresa Smith painting)

Eight San Juan Island artists, including Patti Barker, Shannon Borg, Alison Engle, Gail Garrett, Maria Michaelson, Jan Murphy, Mary Sly, and Teresa Smith will be showing their paintings, fiber art, sculpture, works on paper and mixed-media creations.

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Shelter Grand Opening: 9-29-18

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor announces it will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new shelter facility, Saturday September 29 from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon.
Members of the community of all ages are invited to attend and tour the new animal shelter and enjoy light refreshments. Parking will be limited, so carpooling is suggested. For more information, please call (360) 378-2158.

New Chief For SJIFD

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San Juan Island Fire Department commissioners have picked Chief Novin Collins as their new leader. Commissioner Chair Bob Jarman said that after the one-on-one interviews it was obvious that Chief Collins was a good fit for the department.

Collins was one of five candidates for the job.

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SJI & Lopez Free Dental Clinic

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-04 (30k image)Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth from Thursday, Oct. 4-Saturday, Oct. 6. On Thursday, the van will be located at the Lopez Center for Community and Arts and on Friday and Saturday, it will be parked at the Mullis Community Senior Center on San Juan.

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SJI Fire Dept To Pick New Chief

The San Juan Island Fire Commissioners will hold a public meeting on Tuesday (0918-18) to receive citizens's comments, then enter into Executive session to discuss "personnel," and are expected to return to public session, and then enter into discussion prior to a vote to select a new fire chief.

State To Kill More Wolves

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind today authorized department staff to lethally remove wolves from a new pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County.

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Pet Of The Week

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There are so many things in this world I haven’t figured out yet. The long green snake that spits water is just one of them.

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Family Art Days: Food!

For the fall Family Art Days at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) food inspires the art classes. Imagine waving fields of grain, cattle grazing in fields, printing with potatoes and eating your still life model

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See The Cyclops At FHL

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UW Friday Harbor Laboratories is partnering with SeaDoc and the OceanGate Foundation to conduct research in the Salish Sea this week in Cyclops I. Stop by the Labs Thursday from 6-7 to see the sub and meet the scientists to hear about their research

Navy SAR MEDEVAC Transports Patient

On Monday morning a Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) team flew to Lopez Island and picked up a 70-year-old male patient suffering from a possible stroke. He was flown to higher care at Harborview Medical Center.

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FH Gospel Jazz Reprise

Nine years ago, gospel and jazz lovers attended a pair of concerts at Saint David's Episcopal Church which both sold out. Apparently they didn't get enough, because it is going to be done again on Saturday, Sept. 15th, and Sunday, Sept. 16th, starting at 4 pm each day.

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SJC Council To Meet With PSP

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The San Juan County Council will be attending a Puget Sound Partnership meeting at Brickworks, 150 Nichols Street Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 in Friday Harbor beginning at 9:00 AM

FH Port Wants 250K Salmon Allocated For Southern Resident Killer Whales

The Port of Friday Harbor Port Commission have sent an official letter to Pacific Fishery Management Council requesting an increase in the allocation of Chinook salmon. Read the full letter below:

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Candidates For SJI Fire Chief

After over 35 years with the department, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retiring at the end of October. The community is invited to an evening reception to meet the five finalists being considered for the position. This informal meet and greet opportunity will be Sunday, September 16th from 5-7 P.M. at the Friday Harbor Suites, 680 Spring Street.

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New Financial Skills Course

The Joyce L. Sobel (San Juan Island) Family Resource Center and the Economic Development Council are working with Abby Anderson, AmeriCorps VISTA, to offer a five-week financial skills course. This course will guide participants through financial topics such as spending habits, creating a budget, saving for assets, emergency planning, credit and debt, preparing for retirement, and much more.

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Open Nutcracker Auditions

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Salish Sea Ballet announces open auditions for the 2018 Friday Harbor Nutcracker. Auditions will be held at the Salish Sea Ballet studio (689 Airport Center, Friday Harbor) on Sunday, September 9th. Auditions are open to everyone age 3 and up. No dance experience is necessary!

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County Partners With Orcas For Back To School Clinic

San Juan County Health & Community Services will be providing FREE immunizations for Orcas Island School students at the Orcas Island School District’s Back to School Kickoff/BBQ on Tuesday September 4th.

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SJCT Presents Incongruent Muse

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(Art by Jan Murphy)

The San Juan Community Theatre will host three San Juan Island Artists for a month-long show, entitled, “Incongruent Muse” from September 1-30.

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Campfires/ Barbecues Burn Ban Lifted For San Juan County

As of noon today, August 29, 2018, the burn ban for campfires and charcoal barbeques is lifted in San Juan County. Recent humidity levels, rising fuel moisture, and precipitation in the county have warranted a lift on the burn ban enacted last week. Residential & commercial burning, with a permit, will resume in October.

SJC Crabbing Remains Open

The only two areas of the Sound that will remain open to crab fishing after Labor Day are marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands. These two areas will remain open Thursdays through Mondays each week through Sept. 30. Sport fishers who crab in those two areas after Sept. 3 must record their catch on winter catch record cards, which are available at sporting goods stores and other license vendors across the state.

Know Your Community Foundation

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(L to R: Jeanne Peihl, Carrie Unpingco, Amy Saxe-Eyler -contributed photo)

What nonprofit projects are happening now? What resources are available to get a project off the ground? How can I best support the most pressing needs in our community? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, the San Juan Island Community Foundation is a great place to start.

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Wake Me When You Come By

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Hello again. It’s just me, Vegas, reporting from the animal shelter, where I continue to wait to be discovered. I’ve been asked to leave Kamp Kitty for certain “transgressions” against the other feline residents. Apparently not all cats enjoy my Jean-Claude Van Damme imitation. Go figure. They gave me a promotion and now I’m in charge of lobby security. I even have my own office. Stop by and meet me. Call first to get my nap schedule, please.

Business Plan Competition Open

Entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to the next level in the third annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, created by the San Juan County Economic Development Council and sponsored by local businesses.

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Fair Matching Program Grants $56k To Nonprofits

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The San Juan Island Community Foundation once again featured 8 local nonprofit projects at this year’s San Juan County Fair as part of the 6th annual matching grant campaign. 139 donations were made by generous community members for a grand total of nearly $40,000 during the 4 days of the Fair!

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The Land Bank Says Thank You!

Islanders, thank you from the Land Bank for “Getting Outdoors” and joining the Land Bank at the Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House last weekend. The response was incredible, with almost 200 visitors over the six-hour event, and on a busy June Saturday to boot.

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County Wide Burn Ban

A Burn Ban will begin Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at noon. Elevated temperatures for extended periods and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in San Juan County, and across the region. San Juan County will be prohibiting all outdoor burning with the exception of propane barbecues.

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In The Spirit of Gee’s Bend

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(L to R: Julie Weaver, Barbara Ellis, Beth Phillips, Ebie Currey, and Krispi Staude.

In anticipation of the Conversation With Gee Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) in Friday Harbor, WA two inventive women proposed two projects.

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11yrs In A Crate, Looking For Home

ig_SO_PetWeek-Stanley-001 (54k image)My mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.

You never know what you’re gonna get.” In my case, I got a bath, a new haircut and a really soft bed to sleep on when I arrived here at the animal shelter.

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SJI Concours Is Sunday

Get ready for Concours d’Elegance at San Juan Vineyards on Sunday, Aug. 26; 11 to 3. You can still enter a car, even a less-than-perfect car. Enjoy live music, handmade pizzas by Rotarians Mayer and Sibert. Vino and non-vino beverages available. All proceeds benefit San Juan Island Family Resource Center, Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan and Rotary’s Polio Plus program. For info, visit

Still Looking For "Con" Argument

Voters in San Juan County will decide two local measures in the November election. (People who don’t vote won’t decide anything.) On Lopez, the annual one-year levy for the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District will be on the ballot. The district is once again asking for $105,000 to support operations of the district.

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Join Home Trust At The Fair

The San Juan Community Home Trust will be at the Fair. They develop permanently affordable houses for islanders. Their housing is the “ultimate recycling project.” They will have pictures of their homes and neighborhoods. Board members will be on hand to answer questions and to tell you about their future plans.

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Fiber Optic Cable Repaired

The mainland fiber break in Anacortes has been fixed and fully restored. All Rock Island fiber customers are now back online. All T-Mobile cell phones remain online and are fully un-throttled.

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State Parks ‘Free Day’

To celebrate the National Park System’s 102nd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Saturday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

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Draft Lopez Village Subarea Plan Information

Staff will brief the San Juan County Council and Planning Commission on the Draft Lopez Village Plan (Draft Plan) on August 17, 2017 at joint meeting. This meeting will be held in the County Council Chambers, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor. It will be live-streamed for on-line viewing.

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Kings& FH Marketplace Apologize For Supply Problem

The major supplier of NW independent grocery stores is undergoing a major warehouse and systems change, and this has complicating grocery delivery to the islands. The management of Kings Market and Friday Harbor Marketplace want to sincerely apologize for the supply shortages in the stores in recent weeks.

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Announcing SJI Community Foundation County Fair Match

All Fair-goers are invited to visit the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Fair booth next week in the main hall to learn about and boost support of eight special community projects. The Community Foundation is pleased to match 50 cents on every dollar raised until each project goal has been reached.

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Forestry Field Day For Woodland Owners

With an alarming increase in the number of dead trees throughout the islands, taking better care of forested areas is critical. Owners of wooded property in the San Juan Islands will build skills for caring for their land and trees at the San Juan Islands Forest Owners Field Day on Saturday, August 25th from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Thornbush Farm on San Juan Island.

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Let the Festival Begin!

With just 48 hours to go until the launch of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s 21st Season, the staff and their invaluable, intrepid volunteers are ready for the festival to begin. Tickets Still Available:

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Fun Fair Activities

During Fair week, there are demonstrations, activities & games each day - for all ages. Check our Information Kiosks or online schedule at for more info! You won’t want to miss out on the fun! One example: The San Juan Nature Institute and Friday Harbor Labs are bringing a TOUCH TANK.

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Some Words Of Wisdom

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Hello there!

I’m Romina, and I’m new at the animal shelter.

Although I’m only about a year old, I’ve learned a lot in my life.

Allow me to share some words of wisdom:

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Buying Property in the San Juans

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Select an Agent to Represent You. As you may be aware, all of the brokerage firms on San Juan Island are members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service; therefore, any of the agents can assist you with any of the properties listed with Coldwell Banker or other brokerage firms

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SJ Island Walk Saturday

Know Your Island Walk Saturday July 28, 1-4 pm Roche Harbor Trails: Mike Buettell volunteer trail builder will lead us on a hike in the Roche Harbor Highlands and around Briggs Lake. Distance is 3.5 miles. Terrain is gentle wide trails. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Meet at park at the intersection of Roche Harbor and West Valley Roads.

San Juan County Orca Recovery Efforts

On August 2, Frances Robertson, the Marine Program Coordinator for San Juan County, will present “San Juan County Orca Recovery Efforts.” This lecture will be held at The Whale Museum at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2, as part of The Whale Museum’s Science Lecture Series.

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