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SJ Island Rec- First Aid and CPR


If you missed out on the September session of First Aid and CPR, Island Rec and EMS were able to add another class in December. Upon successful completion of this class you will walk away with life-saving skills and a First Aid certification from the American Heart Association that is valid for two years.

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SJI Holiday Arts and Crafts + food.

 

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Shop locally for the holidays in Friday Harbor at the Mullis Communtiy Center’s annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair. There will be a full house of local artists and crafters as well as some amazing food to eat in or take out. You’ll be able to find something unique and special for just about everyone on your list: from jewelry, textiles, fine art and home decor to cards, ornaments, soaps, lotions, potions, and more. Additionally, the senior class will be selling evergreen wreaths and taking orders for pumpkin pies.




2019 Dog Licenses Available November 26


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(Auditor’s Office employees Jo George and Oren Combs issue 2019 dog tag #1 to local canine Charley Goddu
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Charley Goddu, a 10-year old poodle mix, received the first dog license of 2019 at the San Juan County Auditor’s office. Charley, a former rescue dog, was adopted in 2015 by Peter Goddu and Margaret Langlie at the Skagit Humane Society.

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PeaceHealth Guardian of Excellence Award


PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash., has been named a 2018 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey.

This award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors health care facilities who consistently achieved performance in the top five percent in patient experience of Press Ganey client health care facilities nationwide.

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LWV Hosts Book Discussion


ig_Russell_Hochschild-002 (44k image)The League of Women Voters’ November program (12:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the SJI Library) will be a discussion of sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild’s “Strangers in Their Own Land,” 2018 edition.

Like many, Hochschild wanted to come up with useful ways to work toward healing the nation’s divide.

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Canada Refuses Emergency Order For Orcas


Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance has announced the federal government has refused to issue an emergency order to protect endangered killer whales under the Species at Risk Act, despite the Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, and of Environment and Climate Change making a recommendation for one.

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SJI Firefighters Rescue Cowboy


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(Photo by Firefighter Cy Scammell)


By Carolyn Hudson

When Cowboy toppled down a 30-foot cliff Monday night, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Firefighters were there to save him in the dark of night.

Gretchen Bailey said her hearing- and vision-impaired 14-year-old golden retriever got confused and ended up falling down the cliff on the island’s west side before she could reach him.

Firefighter Craig McConnell and Lt. Michael Henderson rappelled down the rocky wall to Cowboy using an intricate rope and pulley system set up by several firefighters. The rising tide was beginning to splash onto Cowboy who lay there motionless, tired and scared when the firefighters reached him.

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Report Dead, Sick, Or Injured Swans


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(Mary Kalbert photo)


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has re-established a hotline to report dead, sick, or injured swans in three northwest Washington counties as part of its ongoing effort to assess the impact of lead poisoning on trumpeter and tundra swans.

State wildlife managers ask that people call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266 to report dead, sick, or injured swan. Callers should be prepared to leave a short detailed message including their name and phone number, along with the location and condition of the swans.

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Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day Saturday


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On Saturday, November 10 there will be a first-ever region wide day of action to connect people to Puget Sound, the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the work that is needed to do to save them.

Sat, Nov 10th, rain or shine, so prepare activities for inclement weather San Juan Island, Jackson Beach Friday Harbor.

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Free Dictionaries To Students

 

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(Barbara Fagan -Contributed photo)


The Rotary Club of San Juan Island recently visited the Friday Harbor Elementary School for its annual distribution of dictionaries to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Pictured are the 3rd grade students of Noel Harvey, Kim Warin, and Tessa Gavre. The kids are excited to receive dictionaries of their own. Rotary Club of San Juan Islands have given over 3,000 dictionaries to students countywide for over 10 years under the leadership of Barb Fagan, Literacy Chair.




 

NOTE: Do not mail your ballot after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, because it will not be postmarked in time to be counted.

If you cannot mail your ballot by, or before, 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, you can put it in the Ballot Drop Box next to the sidewalk by the Sheriff’s office at the court house.




Take The Poll On Comp Plan


If you were unable to attend the Comprehensive Plan update community workshops in September and October, please take the online survey here: //www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7MPCCX. The survey will be available through November 30, 2018.

The county conducted polling during the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan update community workshops. These questions were conceived out of previous public outreach and public comments and were designed to help staff develop preliminary proposals to update goals and policies. The Comprehensive Plan update will guide San Juan County through 2036.

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Comment On SJI National Monument Plan


The Bureau of Land Management released their Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument) nearly a month ago.

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“Town Hall” Meetings With OPALCO Set


Join the OPALCO board for town hall style listening sessions. Have some feedback to share with OPALCO leadership? Stop by one of these sessions to ask questions or engage in conversation with your elected co-op board.

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Have You Received Your Ballot?


All ballots were mailed on October 16. Yet an extraordinary number of late and misdirected ballots have been reported to the Elections Office this election.

Part of the problem was explained last week, when the Seattle Post Office acknowledged that a pallet of ballots had been mis-delivered.

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SJI Rotary Club Presents Checks From 2018 Concours d'Elegance Fund Raiser


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( L to R: Mariluz Villa & John Lackey of Hospice of SJuan; Brian Moore of Family Umbrella Group; Rotarian Paul Mayer for PolioPlus Fund, and Cindy Gutierrez of Family Resource Center.)


The Rotary Club of San Juan Islands recently presented checks to the recipients of proceeds from the 12th annual Concours d'Elegance held on August 26 at the San Juan Vineyards. The event was co-sponsored by the Sports Car Club of San Juan Islands. Each organization received $4517, PolioPlus Fund of Rotary International received $1,000.

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EDC & Visitors’ Bureau Workshop


Marketing is changing at lighting speed due to rapid changes in platforms on the internet and social media. Business entrepreneurs can learn how to stay ahead of the changes by participating in a FREE workshop offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors’ Bureau, on November 6th, 2018, from 10-11a at Heritage Bank in Friday Harbor.

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SJIMA Hires New Director


ig_Peter_Lane-002 (33k image)SJIMA (San Juan Islands Museum of Art) has announced the appointment of Peter Lane to the position of Director of Operations, as they transition from an all-volunteer staff,” said co-presidents of the Board, Karen Woldvedt and Diane Martindale.

Peter has been a volunteer at SJIMA for more than three years and a valued member of the Exhibitions Committee, Steering Committee and the Board.

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Comment On Orca Task Force Updated Draft Recommendations


Governor Inslee’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force is inviting public comment on the updated draft recommendations for actions to recover southern resident orcas. Initial potential recommendations were generated by the three Working Groups that advise the Task Force and were released for public comment on Sept. 24, 2018.

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Jane Austen Meets the Royal Navy


ig_Jane_Austin-001 (55k image)Friends of the San Juan Island Library cordially invite you to "A Very British Evening: Jane Austen Meets the Royal Navy".

Join Heidi Green, a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. This event sponsored by the Friends of the SJI Library is in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the publication of "Persuasion".

7 pm Wednesday October 24, 2018 in the Library Salon, 1010 Guard Street.

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SJI Rec Boy’s Basketball League


It is time to register for the Island Rec’s Boy’s Basketball League, open to all boys in grades 2 through 8. The focus of this league is development and improvement of individual and team skills.

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Property Taxes Due October 31st


San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the second installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due October 31st. Please note that even if you deposit the envelope with your local post office, it may not be postmarked on the same day. Plan ahead and mail your property tax payments prior to October 30th to avoid the penalty and interest if the envelope is postmarked after October 31st.

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World Polio Day - October 24, 2018


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On October 24th Rotary International will celebrate World Polio Day to help raise awareness and the funding needed to reach full eradication. Since its formation in 2003, the Rotary Club of San Juan Islands has donated over $70,000 to ending polio.

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Real Estate Market And Your Tax Assessment


IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

All of us Island property owners received our tax assessment notices from the County recently. As real estate agents we have been fielding many questions about the statements and new assessments. As you may recall, the State has mandated that our Assessor’s office convert to an annual assessment update cycle versus the cyclical system we were on for years. The current values are for a one year period only and will be adjusted the next year.

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Countywide Chickenpox ALERT!


Nine school- and preschool-aged children have CONFIRMED cases of varicella (chickenpox) on Lopez, Orcas and Shaw islands, with additional possible cases awaiting evaluation from health care providers within the county.

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Yes For Homes, but NO to Prop 1


Mike_Carlson-001 (28k image)By Mike Carlson

While I agree that we could use more available housing in the islands in almost all forms, it’s been that way for as long as I can remember….we live on islands! Our mantra has been to fight growth and foster a tourism economy…Gee what happens then? Crowds, long ferry lines, VRBO’s (Vacation Rentals By Owners), and low paying, seasonal tourism jobs. All while making it harder to develop and create more available housing lots. We are where we are.

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Sculpture Commissioned Of Friday Harbor Founder Edward Warbass


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Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss has been selected by the Town of Friday Harbor to complete a life-size bronze sculpture of town founding father Captain Edward D. Warbass.

The piece will include Mr. Warbass sitting on a park bench with his dog, Bob, by his side. The artwork is scheduled for installation on the sidewalk at the First Street entrance to Sunshine Alley by summer 2019.

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2019 Preliminary Budget Available Online


San Juan County’s Preliminary Budget for 2019 has been published. With a theme of “Finish What We’ve Started,” the 2019 budget focuses resources on projects and initiatives already underway within the County.
The Budget can be viewed at: wwwsanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/17099/2019-Preliminary-Budget-Book..

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New Negative Impacts For WSF & SJC


Starting Monday, October 22, through Sunday, November 4, WSF will only offer three-boats for the islands, and will cancel the Sidney run during the same period.

And, they will suspend the making of reservations -a first come, first served basis only- due to the fact the reservation system can not be changed to meet the new schedule for that two week period.

The Olympic Class Samish (144 cars) and Issaquah Class Chelan (124 cars) will be assigned to the Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Orcas/Lopez/Shaw runs, with the Evergreen State Class Tillikum (87 cars) on the interisland route.

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Blessing of the Animals Saturday


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The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:00 a.m. on the lawn of St. Francis Church in Friday Harbor at 425 Price Street. The event is free, open to the pubic with all types of animals are welcome. The more fur, feathers and scales the merrier.

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Know Your Island Walks


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(photo by Zanzibar who forgot to write down names)


On September 22 seven brave folks, in spite of morning-long rains, met at Horsetrail Road for a tour of the Mitchell Hill area …led by a horse. The mare above is Zanzibar, a Tennessee Walker who did a fine job of leading the way and stopping to wait by her own command, if anyone got too far back.

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Community Workshops Start Oct. 10


San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) will hold Comprehensive Plan Community Workshops, starting October 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Fire Station #2, 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound WA., followed by workshops on San Juan, Shaw and Waldron (Lopez was held September 27th)

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Praying Mantis Eat Hummingbirds?


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By Cynthia Brast

Lots of folks are commenting about seeing praying mantises on the island these past few weeks. Rumor has it they are an invasive species and they’re eating hummingbirds. While the part about them being non-native is true, I’m hoping to dispel some of the sensationalist hysteria about their presence on the island by offering an alternate perspective for you to consider.

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Auction Of Rare Rocking Horse


ig_SO_RockingHorse-001 (71k image)Looking for a special gift for that person on your list who is difficult to buy for? The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has just the thing.

A beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted rocking horse has been donated to Treasure Hounds, the animal shelter’s upscale retail outlet, located next to the bowling alley.

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Yvonne Regina Swanberg


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October 12, 1945 ~ November 2, 2018


Yvonne Regina Swanberg passed away unexpectedly at her home in Friday Harbor, WA on November 2, 2018, she was 73. She was born in Rossland, B.C., Canada on October 12, 1945 to Richard and Dorothy (Streibeck) LeCaire.

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Middle-age & Want A Home


ig_SO_PetWeek-Nora-001 (82k image)Hello darlings. I’m Nora and just in case you’re wondering I am in excellent shape. The last time I checked, round IS a shape.

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ig_ISL_Slowgirl-001 (71k image)Island Stage Left presents “Slowgirl” by Greg Pierce, aAt SJ County Fairgrounds in Marie Boe Building, Nov 15 - Dec 16 - Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 4:00 (Except 22nd and 23rd Thanksgiving).

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SJI Reading The Chief of Rally Tree


ig_Jennifer_Boyden-001 (41k image)Jennifer Boyden’s award-winning, debut novel, The Chief of Rally Tree, will be released on November 13. The Public is invited to a celebration and reading at Brickworks in Friday Harbor, 6-9 pm.

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SJI Community Thanksgiving Dinner


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Fall is in the air and there is a need for volunteers for the 20th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Come help for the first or return as one of the veterans of Thanksgivings past and join in again with the brand new volunteers.

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Comment On American Camp Envr Rpt


The National Park Service is proposing to improve the facilities at the American Camp visitor center site within San Juan Island National Historical Park. The proposed project entails the replacement of the 39 year-old “temporary” visitor center with a new facility that would highlight the rich cultural history of the area as well as the spectacular natural setting of American Camp.

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Saturday: Fiddle Group Childsplay


ig_E_ChildsPlay-01 (67k image)From humble dance halls to world music audiences in Sweden and public radio audiences throughout the United States, Childsplay has introduced many thousands to the delights of fiddle music, and will be coming to Friday Harbor's San Juan Community Theatre on November 10 for a truly spectacular and musical evening as part of their final farewell tour.

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The Three Amigos


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Hello! We’re the Three Amigos - Bowie, Baez and Elton! We’re appearing now at the animal shelter. If you hurry you might make it in time to catch one of our performances. We’re very talented - just wait until you hear us sing! We’re just 8 weeks old, and ready to start our solo careers. Call the animal shelter for an appointment to meet us. Their number is (360) 378-2158. We’ll be tuning up!




Know Your Islanders Talk


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San Juan Island Library, November 5, 7 to 9pm.
The great Salish Sea: a history of the name, the features that make it special, and the love for, and knowledge of, our home. Plus, what do you do with a sense of place? Islander Shann Weston will cover these and more in this presentation




Reservations Return


Reservations are now available again for the Fall Schedule, and can be made by visiting: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/takeaferry.

Beginning on Sunday, Nov. 4, full 4-boat service will resume for the Anacortes/San Juan Island/Sidney B.C. route, one day earlier than previously anticipated.




Lumi Verdugo - Clay Speaks


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The body of work of almost 56 years expresses Lumi’s joy in experimenting with glazes, firing and Raku pottery. At the exhibition Lumi Verdugo: Of My Hands 1962-2018 now at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) visitors can discover the varied faces of clay works, including the use of local island clay.

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SJI Island Rec- Tea Time


It is a terrific time for Tea Time! This is THE party you've been waiting for. Special sweet and savory bites, cold and hot teas, a Shel Silverstein reading, real China tea sets, decorations, and more.

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Hyak To Replace The Chelan


Sea trials on the Hyak were successful, and that vessel has replaced the Chelan on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route so that the Chelan can restore 3-boat service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon Island/Southworth route on Tuesday, October 30. The Hyak will assume the number 2 position and there will be no galley service on this vessel until 11:25 a.m.




Learn About Woody Biomass & Energy


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Saturday, November 3, 5:30pm-8:00pm at SJI Grange: Learn about the wide range of methods for converting biomass into energy to heat and power our homes, businesses, and communities. Register at bit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-opportunities-for-woody-biomass-tickets-50711031059#blog

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Dudley Is The Name, But I'm Thoughtful


ig_SO_PetWeek-Dudley-001 (38k image)Well hello there. My name is Dudley. I may look like I’m a deep thinker but, 99% of the time I’m thinking of ways to outsmart the red dot.

The rest of the time I’m napping. If these are things you enjoy doing, give me call. I’m here at the animal shelter. Thinking.




Eat Island Grown


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The best tastes of the San Juan Islands showcasing chefs, and the farmers that make that food possible happen October 28, 2018, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Brick Works in Friday Harbor

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Learn About Medical Leave Law


Business owners and bookkeepers will learn the details of Washington State’s new paid family and medical leave law at an informative workshop this November. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), for a free and illuminating workshop entitled Paid Family & Medical Leave for Employers on November 13th, from 12 p.m. till 3 p.m. at Heritage Bank in Friday Harbor.

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Moms to Be, Swim for Free


On the first Sunday of each month November - February, expectant mothers are invited to move, swim and enjoy the bliss of buoyancy at SJI Fitness Club. Meet and greet other pregnant women, connect with swimming mentors and enjoy a fun time of fitness and friendship.

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2018 Good Steward Awards


Congratulations to this year’s 2018 Good Steward Award (aka “Finnie”) Winners: Barbara Fulton and Heather Arps from Lopez, Jerry McElyea from San Juan, and Jean Walkinshaw from Orcas. Each island presented the “Finnie” award to local awardees during their National Public Lands Day and Great Islands Fall Clean-Up Events.

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Priscilla Nash


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May 17, 1924 ~ October 12, 2018


Priscilla Ann (Thompson) Nash, 94, matriarch of one of Friday Harbor’s legacy families, passed away Friday, October 12th, 2018 at Peace Health Island Medical Center surrounded by loving family. Priscilla was born May 17th, 1924, beloved daughter of Leonard H. and Merry Christmas Day Thompson, and grew up in Bellingham, Washington.

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Contracts Signed SJISD & Unions


San Juan Island School District have agreed to two-year contracts with both the teachers’ union, San Juan Education Association (SJEA), and the classified employees union, Public School Employees of Washington (PSE). Both contracts target additional funds for the purpose of honoring employees with the greatest longevity in the school district.

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Election ballots mailed This Week


Washington’s voting period for the fall General Election begins this week with the mailing of ballots. Voters’ Pamphlets have already been sent statewide.

Voters have until 8 p.m. Nov. 6 to return their ballots to drop box located at the county court house.

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Shaw Students Take 1st In State Contest


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The students at the Shaw Island School recently won first place for a video they made and entered in a statewide contest promoting earthquake preparedness and safety.

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OPALCO Pays Tribute To Paul Allen


The world lost a true friend in the passing of Paul Allen. Many are telling the stories of his incredible contributions to science, technology and humanity around the world and particularly in Washington State. You may not realize it, but Allen’s generosity is responsible for the improvements OPALCO was able to make for the safety of our crews in the field and access to first responders county wide.

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FHHS Holiday Wreath Sale


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The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2019/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale.

Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25.

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Orcas Man Charged In Vehicular Homicide


A vehicle accident in September on Orcas Island that claimed the life of Rachel Gibson, 32, has resulted in the driver of the vehicle being charged with vehicular homicide.

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SJ Island Rec - Messy Me


ig_IR_PaintWithMarbles-001 (80k image)Messy Me returns this year with even more sense-engaging fun! Kids can play around in the elementary school gym with different ‘sensory bins’ filled with mediums such as water and sand while searching for dinosaur molds and model fish. Painting with marbles will be a new, exciting activity this time around, as well as balloons filled cornstarch for a squishy, tactile experience that’s sure to entertain. Held October 19th from 2:30 to 4pm, this activity is free and is meant for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones.




Knowledge Workers Invited To “Meetup”


The EDC is working to create a knowledge worker network for islanders who work with code, data, graphics or words, and they invite knowledge workers and those who work with them to attend an informal meetup on October 24th from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. at the San Juan Island Library. Refreshments will be served.

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SJI Real Estate Sales Slumps


IG-Merri_Ann_Simonson-3 (21k image)By Merri Ann Simonson

The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $99,156,746 with a total of 181 transactions. This reflects a 12.5% decrease in the dollar volume and a 21.5% decrease in the number of transactions. Read full report (.pdf 217\k file) HERE




Chicken Pox Hits Lopez


A case of varicella, or “chicken pox,” has been confirmed in a school-aged child in the Lopez Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Lopez School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella case, and identify others who may have been exposed.


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Customer Service 101


Business owners and managers are invited to join the SJC Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop entitled Customer Service 101, led by noted islander and business process improvement consultant, Jim Hooper, on Wednesday, October 24th, from 10-11a at KeyBank in Friday Harbor.

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Love Belly Rubs & Walks


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Hello. My name is Micky and I LOVE to party. And by party, I mean go for long walks and have my belly rubbed. Let me offer you some free advice. Never - and I mean NEVER, wake a sleeping cat. Trust me. You do not want to release the inner ninja in one of those guys….Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. If you are looking for a trusted companion and best friend, we should meet. I’m here at the animal shelter waiting for my next belly rub.




Reopening Crab Fishing


Crab fishing in marine area 7-South and North are open, everyday Oct 6 to Dec 31. The daily catch limit is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches.

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Matt Shildneck


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May 28, 1956 - July 18, 2018


Matt Wynn Shildneck passed away July 18, 2018. Matt was born May 28, 1956 in Pasadena CA to Wray Schildneck and Adelia Schildneck (now Stewart) where they lived two years until returning to their native New Mexico.

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WSF Adds Anac To Orcas Sailings


Washington State Ferries has added extra sailings of the Anacortes 1:55 pm to Orcas for Thursday, October 4 and Saturday, October 6, to accommodate heavier early fall traffic. These extra sailings are available to reserve by visiting www.Takeaferry.com.

www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/scheduledetailbyroute.aspx?route=ana-sj-sid




FEMA Emergency Alert Test Wednesday


At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and tone and receive a test message.

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Cat of Distinction


ig_SO_PetWeek-Piedmont-001 (56k image)My friends, I am Piedmont, Cat of Distinction. I find myself temporarily without a place to call home. I’m hoping you were able to attend the grand opening of our brand-new animal shelter Saturday. That way, you’ll know where to find me when I move into my new suite very soon. If you are looking for a gentleman friend of good taste and exquisite manners, you will find me the perfect fit! Come meet me before or after the move -I’ll be waiting for you.




Zylstra Lake Open House


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Zylstra Lake Preserve held an Open House onSunday, Sept 30, 12:00 to 4:00. The Land Bank & SJ Preservation Trust are hosted a fall open house at Zylstra Lake for the public to learn about the project, walk the preserve, and share theirr visions.




EMT Applications Open


San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJIEMS) will soon add a new generation of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) when the next formal training commences in January 2019. Applications are available now thru October 15th, 2018.

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Opinion On Future Of Fairgrounds?


Attention youth 13-21: The Fairgrounds wants to hear what you think! San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair is updating the Fairgrounds Master Plan and wants to hear from local residents ages 13 to 21

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