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SJI Real Estate Market Summary

 

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The results are in on real estate sales, and Merri Ann Simonson of Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands reports the numbers are up, not only for San Juan Island, but for Orcas as well. Why is Orcas doing better than San Juan? You can read the full report HERE.




USCG Medevacs 2 Boaters


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(25' Response Boat -USCG file photo)


A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated two boaters from Friday Harbor, Sunday night, after they sustained severe injuries when their vessel ran aground.

The Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles aircrew, aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, transported the two from Friday Harbor to Harbor View Hospital in Seattle for further medical care.

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USCG Rescues Capsized Kayakers


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Two kayakers who capsized near the northeast side of Orcas Island on Saturday (07-14-18) were rescued by the Coast Guard.

A third kayaker had made it to shore on Clark Island when he placed a 911 call and was later recovered by the fire and rescue boat crew.

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SJC Disability Advisory Committee


ig_M_Handicap-001 (18k image)Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.

Washington State Law requires every county to have a Disability Advisory Committee.

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Author At Whale Museum July 16


ig_Rebecca_Pillsbury-001 (36k image)Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, join Bainbridge Island author Rebecca Pillsbury as she discusses her latest book, Guided by Whales. Written as a story compilation, the book is an exploration of career paths and passion projects undertaken by people who saw a whale and were never again the same.

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USCG Recovers Passenger Who Went Overboard Near The Strait Of Juan De Fuca


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( A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles transfers an unresponsive individual -USCG photo)



A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew recovered an unresponsive individual from the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca this afternoon, transferred him to local Emergency Medical Service personnel waiting on shore and then to the Olympic Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

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Keep Crab Pots Out Of Ferry Lanes


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Harvesting crab is a Northwest tradition, but improperly set and lost crab pots can mean big trouble for the region's ferry system.

That's why the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Washington State Ferries (WSF) are joining forces this summer to urge recreational crab fishers to stay out of ferry lanes, docks, and terminals when dropping crab pots.

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10th Is WA Line Worker Appreciation Day


OPALCO’s team of line workers keep the lights on for more than 11,300 co-op members on 20 islands in San Juan County. That is no small task! Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed July 10, 2018 as Lineworker Appreciation Day and OPALCO invites its members to give their local line workers a proud salute.

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CG & OIFR Rescues Hiker From Fall Off Cliff


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A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted an hiker after she suffered head and back injuries from a fall off a cliff on Obstruction Island, Wednesday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles transferred the hiker at Bellingham International Airport to emergency medical service personnel, who took her to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for further care.

The patient had fallen approximately 100 feet down a steep embankment, landing on a rocky coastline. The initial response was complicated as the beach was not accessible by vehicle and required a marine response from the OIFR Marine Response and Transport (MRAT) team. Lieutenant 26, Geoff Nelson, responded in his personal boat to transport BC Kiniski and other OIFR members to the remote beach location.

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Spooky Tales - Orcas Ghosts & Gremlins


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Have you heard about Hatchet Annie and the Boo Hag of Four Winds? Or what about the Handless Smuggler of the Outlook Inn? No? Well then, maybe you've been chased by the Flying Head!

These and many other stories of Orcas ghosts and gremlins will be told this summer at the Pioneer and Crow Valley Museums by Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford.

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Take A Seat For Animals


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( Islander’s Bank FH employees, Rachel Carrillo, Michelle Morton, Beatriz Plaza and Carmen Valencia -contributed photo)


The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor invites you to “Take a Seat for Animals” at their upcoming fundraiser, “Take a Seat for Animals - A Wine Tasting and Painted Chair Auction,” on July 20th. This “Chair-ity” event will feature over 30 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted chairs, created by island artists.

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San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan Update

 

ig_Fair_LOGO-002 (29k image)The San Juan County Fairgrounds is updating their Master Plan and wants your input. The goal is to collect input from across the whole county through an online survey, "pop-ups" on 3 of the ferry-served islands and several focus groups to gain knowledge on the historical and cultural significance of the fairgrounds and how to move it into a sustainable future to the benefit of all county residents. Have ideas on how you would utilize this resource? Stay up to date by following the San Juan County Fair and Fairgrounds on social media outlets, @sjcfair or checking the county website www.sjcfair.org.




Orcas Island Fire & Rescue Responds To Boat Accident


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At 12:56pm Orcas Island Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a call of a boat accident in the area of Sucia Island, in Echo Bay. A 40ft Sailboat had struck rock and was taking on water. At the time of the accident, there were three on board, two adults and a female. The female adult sustained serious injuries in the accident.

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Chicken Pox Cases Up To 11 On Orcas


Eleven cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. None of the cases have been hospitalized.

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Car Off Roche Harbor Road Bursts Into Flames

 

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(Rene Corliss Polda photo)


Ar approximately 5:00pm a vehicle traveling northbound on Roche Harbor road left the roadway, went down an embankment, and struck a tree where it immediately caught fire. A tourist visiting the island from Hawaii stopped and went to the drivers aid. He pulled the driver from the vehicle and waited for law enforcement to arrive. The driver was transported to the hospital with severe injuries.




Compare Prices For Medical Procedures With New State Website


Washington has joined five other states in providing consumer-friendly data about health care cost, quality in their communities.

If you or a loved one needed knee replacement surgery, would you want to know which surgeon in your community has the highest rating for quality of care? Would you like to know how much a knee replacement costs, on average, at all of the medical offices close to your home?

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18th Annual Jazz At The Labs Saturday

 

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The 18th Annual Jazz At The Labs is coming to the Friday Harbor Laboratories with dinner (Vegetarian dinners available) and amazing music; June 30, 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. The San Juan Jazz Quintet (SJJQ) will entertain diners as they enjoy the fabulous food. Following dinner, SJJQ and Seattle’s Jazz Coalescence will perform jazz standards, swing, bebop, and Latin jazz, as well as original compositions. $40 (dinner & music); All proceeds benefit the FH Laboratories K-12 Science Outreach Program in the SJI Elementary, Middle, and High Schools & Spring Street International School. Reservations recommended FH Lab at 360-378-2165 ext. 0.




FANS Donates $5,000 To Island Rec


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With a hearty thank you to its many donors, Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec (FANS) recently made one of its semi-annual contributions to Island Rec to supplement its scholarships and programs. In late June, FANS cut a check for $5,000 -money raised so far this year through the nonprofit group’s annual membership and business drives.

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Join In Recognizing Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers


Please join in recognizing the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers who serve in dependency proceedings in San Juan County Superior Court, and in recognizing the importance of family reunification. Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. San Juan County Superior Court Jury Room San Juan County Courthouse. The community is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

he National CASA Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

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Greenpeace Ship To Visit Friday Harbor

 

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One of Greenpeace's ships, Arctic Sunrise, is expected to make a stop in Friday Harbor on Wednesday (06-27-18). The public is invited to come on board from 5 to 7 p.m. for food and drink and a tour of the ship (RSVP Here). The boat is in our area to follow the same route of oil tankers and barges to bring attention to the upcoming shipping of tar sand oil by ships from Canada.




Looking For Fire Works Donations

 

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(Verne Howard & Duncan Wilson man a table at Market Place -IG photo)


Thanks to a generous matching grant from Kings Market and t he lodging a x funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, t he San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce ha s put together the biggest and best fireworks display ever.

Make your donation, small or large . If you can’t put a donation i n the jar then you can mail your check to San Juan Island Community Foundation P O Box 1352, Friday Harbor , W A 98250 - put 4th of July Fire works Fund in the memo line. Sponsors are the Town of Friday Harbor & Kings Market




Mayor Appoints Lane To Arts Commission


ig_Peter_Lane-001 (24k image)San Juan resident Peter Lane has been appointed to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Lane owns an art consultation and logistics company and brings 20 years of experience in the visual arts. He is a board member and volunteer at San Juan Island Museum of Art and participated in an artist selection panel for the FHAC.

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Food For Students Organization Created


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The San Juan Island Rotary Club recognized a need for providing assistance to provide basic food items that are easy to prepare and kid friendly for those who have the need.

Working with other local community organizations, a program was started called 36 Weekends, that will “send home nutritious food for kids who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend during the school year.”

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Now 6 Cases Of Chicken Pox On Orcas


Three new cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community, bring the total to six. San Juan County Health & Community Services is working closely with medical providers to identify additional cases in the community.

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Grellet-Tinner Case Against Detective Parker Denied


A petition for a citizen complaint for a misdemeanor charge against former SJC Detective Stephen Parker was filed May 2, 2018 by local attorney Nick Power, on behalf of former Orcas teacher Dr Gerald Grellet-Tinner, that alleged Parker made a false or misleading statement to a public servant and he obstructed a law enforcement office.

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Boat Beached On South Beach, SJI

 

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The captain of a boat taking part in a race to Alaska was forced onto San Juan Islands South Beach due to heavy winds; and not being able to use an engine because race rules did not allow an engine on the boat, did not help. The captain is fine, the boat is fine, and according to Rebecca Hughes who took the photo above, the captain intends to re-float the boat Tuesday night when the high tides return.




SJI Music On The Lawn Summer Concert Series


Island Rec announceD the 2018 Music on the Lawn Summer Concert Series. This long-standing concert series is on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:15, located at the San Juan Historical Museum, which is at 405 Price Street. It is a perfect time to grab a blanket or bring a chair and have a picnic. Get ready to get up and dance as well as this year we have an exceptionally dancer friendly groups of musicians lined up.

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Chicken Pox Health Alert


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Three cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. Two of the cases were in children attending schools on Orcas Island. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Orcas School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella cases

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Residential Burn Permits Expired June 15th

 

Residential burning is now closed until fall, all permits issued are expired. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within Urban Growth Areas (UGAs). Campfires will continue to be allowed in contained fire pits that are no larger than 2’ by 2’ in size, burning fire wood only, not yard waste.




Friday Harbor Fireworks Set For 4th


A generous matching grant from Kings Market and lodging tax funds from the Town of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has once again commissioned local talent and pyrotechnical director, Nick Gislason, a 5th generation San Juan Islander, with the Lopez Community Fireworks, to design, setup, and fire the 2018 Friday Harbor 4th of July Fireworks Display.

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SJI EMS EMTs Of The Month


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San Juan EMS previously recognized one EMT each month as an “EMT of the month.” The lieutenants who help mentor and manage our volunteers felt it was important to honor an EMT from each team that has been organized to help fill a 24/7 schedule. There are three teams of about 11 EMTs that rotate between a week of days, a week of nights and a week off. These teams are called, Bravo, Delta and Foxtrot.

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Crab Season For SJC Starts July


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced Puget Sound summer crab-fishing season for Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Opens July 14 through Sept. 30.

The daily limit throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

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Enter The 4th of July Parade: Theme "Music of America"


The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that applications are available for the 2018 4th of July Parade in downtown Friday Harbor. Participants are encouraged to sign up early due to limited parade space and time considerations. The Chamber of Commerce is expecting a full field. Completed applications along with your $50 entry fee are due no later than Monday, June 25th. There will be no day of parade entries allowed.

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SJI School District Hires Interim Superintendent


ig_Kari_McVeigh-001 (28k image)Ms. Kari McVeigh has been hired as interim superintendent while the school board continues to look for a full time replacement of Danna Diaz, who resigned to take a position in eastern Washington.

According to a school press release Ms. McVeigh has extensive experience as an educator starting with eleven years in the classroom followed by work as a principal and superintendent in a wide variety of school settings.

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SJI Hospital/SJI Fire Appoint (sort of) A Citizens’ Advisory Group

 

The San Juan County Public Hospital District now has an advisory group that was formed by the District to explore and advise, both the SJCPHD and Fire Department, on the pros and cons of a merger of Fire and EMS services for the community.

They have been tasked to meet, and have a deadline of October to report to and advise both boards. Firs to be appointed was George Johnson, then in May the Town of Friday Harbor selected Chuck Dalldorf while Fire Dept. #3 picked Dan Paulson. These three members then met on May 31st, and selected the last two members, Rick Frazer and Mark Tompkins; Brendan Cowan is an alternate.




Primary Election Begins Friday


Registered voters throughout Washington will soon be receiving ballots for the Aug. 7 Primary Election. Thanks to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Governor Jay Inslee, and county officials statewide, voters in every county can return their ballots via the U.S. Postal Service without having to pay for a stamp.

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Last Call For Island Writers


Last call for Island Writers & Learn How to Prepare Your Fair Entries. Still hear that beat? That should have been the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair.

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American Camp Wildfire Contained


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On Sunday, July 15th, 2018, a historic weapons artillery demonstration caused a wildland fire at American Camp within San Juan Island National Historical Park. National Park Service personnel called 911, and San Juan Fire District #3 responded.

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Virgin Mary Statue Returns


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A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stolen from St. Francis Catholic Church in Friday Harbor has been returned to the church.

Information as to where it went, and by whom, has not been released by the church.

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Showcasing Community At Fair


We are one community here in the San Juans. Sure, we have Orcas, San Juan, Waldron, Lopez, Shaw, Stuart and 122 other islands that have names, but we are still ONE community with many personalities.

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Looking For Good Times


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My name is Coco. I believe that just because something is a terrible idea doesn’t mean it won’t be a really good time. If you agree, we should meet. I’m here at the animal shelter, waiting for you to come and share your ideas with me. I know we could have a good time together. Let’s go find some adventures together!




The Tempest 7-11 At Doe Bay


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Twenty years ago ISL (Island Stage Left) performed Shakespeare’s magical play about forgiveness as its opening production. With magic, spirits, love, treachery and forgiveness, this is Shakespeare’s last solo work and one that has delighted and inspired all audiences, no matter what their age or background.

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Conversations With Gee’s Bend Friday


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(Mister Puppet by Ken Kelly)


Friday May 25th, 2018 - Monday September 3rd, 2018: 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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FH Parade Winners


$600 Best use of THEME - Float - San Juan Community Theatre
· $400 Best use of THEME - Non-Float - Community Marching Band
· $300 Best use of THEME - Children/Youth - The Rock Shop Villa
· $300 Judges Special Choice - Boo Boo’s Women and Girl’s Boxing
· $200 Best Costumed Group - The Pirates
· $200 Best Animal/Animal Group -" The Golden Retrievers
· $200 Best Off-Island Entry - Cousins Across the USA
· $100 Best Vehicle -" Wally Weaver




Volunteer Of The Month


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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is announced Myla Sowder Settles as the Volunteer of the Month for June. Myla has been volunteering at the animal shelter for several months and is a favorite of all the pets there, as well as staff. Myla can be counted on to help walk dogs, socialize cats and do some of the more un-pleasant tasks like litter box cleaning and laundry. Volunteers like Myla help save lives and the animal shelter is very grateful for her service.




Superior & Juvenile Court Celebrates Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers.


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The Washington Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care proclaimed June Washington’s Family Reunification Month, to commemorate parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles.

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We -Really - Don’t Care…


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It’s true. Cats know what you’re thinking and feeling. We know your fondest desires and deepest emotions. We know your likes and dislikes; your hopes and your dreams. We don’t care, but we know.

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Birthday Party for The Whale Museum July 8th


The Whale Museum is having a party to celebrate its 39th Birthday. The event will take place on Sunday, July 8th from noon until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Legion, next door to the museum.

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Fresh Bucks Program on SJI


Nourish to Flourish - Coalition to End Hunger on San Juan Island is offering $20 Fresh Bucks at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op starting July 1.

The Fresh Bucks Program’s goal is everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. Nourish to Flourish is helping Basic Food customers stretch their dollars to make healthy food more affordable.

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Steve Brandli Announces Candidacy For SJC District Court Judge


ig_Steve_Brandli-001 (26k image)Steve Brandli is running in the November 6th election for San Juan County’s next District Court judge. Judge Stewart Andrew, the current District Court judge, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. District Court hears misdemeanors, small claims, protection orders, infractions, and other civil matters.

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Calling All Island Writers!


Hear that beat? That should be the quickening heart rate of all you Island Writers preparing your entries to the drum beat of the 2018 “Rockin’ the Salish Sea” San Juan County Fair.

Deadline for the Written Word entries is July 20th. So, polish up those writings -Prose, Poetry, Writing for Children- from the last two years, and postmark them to Island Writers, SJC Fair, POB 1094, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or email them to info@sjcfair.org by July 20th. Check out the premium book: Island Writers (Z -as in ZZ Top?) is on pages 36-37. Questions? 378-4130.




Fair Food and Fund Raising


The 2018 San Juan County Fair is fast approaching. Different people associate different things with the Fair. For some it is the carnival. For others it is 4-H events, and for even more it is seeing your friends who you haven’t seen since last year’s fair. For me it is the food.

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Restraining Order Requested Against County


Nick Power has filed a Temporary Restraining Order against San Juan County and its Auditor Milene Henley in federal district court in Seattle, asking for the immediate removal from the official homepage of San Juan County an “op-ed” piece written by the County Auditor related to posting of political signs.

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SJIMA Quilt Walk In Friday Harbor


Friday Harbor has turned into “quilt central” as the quilt walk engendered by the Conversations With Gee’s Bend exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) gets underway.

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Looking For Input On A “Home Share” Program


Housing advocates across San Juan County are exploring the feasibility of launching a HomeShare Program to address some of the housing issues in the county. The program, administered through the resource centers, will facilitate roommate matches between Home Providers and Home Seekers.

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John Edward Rogers


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Sept. 26, 1943 ~ May 27, 2018


John Edward Rogers (74), of Friday Harbor, Washington, passed away on Sunday, May 27th in Bellingham from complications arising from surgery. Born September 26, 1943 in Butte, Montana to George A. (“Dolly”) and Ann C. (Sullivan) Rogers, John grew up in Centerville with his brother, George, surrounded by a large extended family on the Richest Hill on Earth.

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Shoreline Master Program Upheld Against Friends Request To Invalidate


The Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) has ruled in favor of the County on The Friends of the San Juans (Friends) latest challenge of county regulations.

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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 In 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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