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Mom And Son Accused Of Multiple Crimes

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(Island Guardian photo)

In January of 2010 Shawna Ann Mustain was accused of multiple felony counts of burglary and was convicted three months later to serve a year in jail.

On Thursday (2-16-17) 57 year old Shawna was back in court, and this time she and her 37 year old son (photo above) Nicholas Mustain, are facing a set of felony allegation related to burglaries.

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Busy Day For Orcas Fire & Rescue

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Crews from Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to multiple simultaneous calls for service Thursday evening, including an incident with an airplane.

At 3:10pm, crews from OIFR responded to a medical aid call. A decision was made to transport the patient off island using Island Air Ambulance. The patient was loaded into an ambulance for transfer; however before they could arrive at the airport a second call was paged at 5:30pm for OIFR to respond to an incident with a downed airplane. As crews were responding to the airport, a third call came in at 5:50pm for an injured hiker on Mt. Constitution.

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2 Arrests Made In Jewelry Heist

On February 10, 2017 the Shinola Jewelry store in Eastsound was burglarized. On February 14, the Sheriff’s Office received information of the people in possession of the stolen jewelry. The Sheriff’s Office put out a video that was obtained from a neighboring business. The video turned out to be an Orcas Island resident who walks his dog in Eastsound every morning Related Story.

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Fraud Involving Signatures On Four Initiatives

Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s Elections Division has reported potential fraudulent activity to the Washington State Patrol involving signatures on the four initiatives that were considered by Washington voters last fall.

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Family Nature Club Walk: Birds

Saturday, February, 18, 9:00 am to 10:30 am, Limekiln Preserve, San Juan Island, Join Shona Aitken from Wolf Hollow and become citizen scientists by participating in a global bird study. Counting birds is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help the birds in your community.

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Man Walking Dog Witness To Crime


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This is the individual who was a key witness to the burglarized Shanola Jewlrey on Orcas.

Sometime on the 9th or 10th the Shanola jewelry store in Eastsound was broken into. The suspects took approximately 20k worth of jewelry. The video is from a neighboring business. The suspect(s) entered by removing the bars over a window and entering. the video was helpful in solving the crime. Related Story

If anyone has any information please call 378-4151 or the anonymous tip line at 370-7629.

Hotline To 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 swans.

People can call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266, to report dead, sick or injured swans in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Callers should be prepared to leave a message including their name and phone number, and the location and condition of the swans.

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Free Training For Caregivers Offered

For the first time ever, Hospice of San Juan will offer caregiver (home helper/companion) training alongside its volunteer training May 6, 20 and June 3 at no charge to attendees.

Caregivers help vulnerable people remain in their homes in the face of conditions that otherwise would obligate them to move off island or into a care facility.

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Class For Woodland Owners

Woodland owners can build skills for caring for their trees by taking Washington State University Extension Forestry’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning course. The course fee is $185 if registered before March 1st ($215 on or after) and pre-registration is required.

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Another MEDEVAC By The Navy

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, from the Friday Harbor Airport.

The SAR crew of five received an alert for a patient at the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor suffering from stroke-like symptoms at approximately 6:45 p.m.

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Trades Educ Program February 13

The LWV (League of Women Voters of the San Juans) will present a program with Victoria Compton, director of the county Economic Development Council, speaking about the establishment of the Trades Education Program in the county. This meeting will take place on Monday, February 13th at 12:00 noon in the library conference room at the San Juan Island Library. All are welcome.

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Polar Gigantism in Antarctic Sea Spiders

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(Sea spider -Timothy Dwyer photo)

A talk on Giant-sized sea spiders takes place from 7pm-8:30pm on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound. The talk is free, and under-ice Antarctic giant spiders may sound like the beginning of a chilling winter’s tale, it’s the focus of this month’s Marine Science Lecture Series.

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Larsen Cosponsors The ORCA Act

ig_Adam_Schiff-001 (44k image)A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to “prohibit the taking, importation, and exportation of Orcas and Orca products for public display, and for other purposes’ has been introduce to the United States Congress by Californian Congressman Adam Schiff (photo left), and Congressman Rick Larsen has joined 30 plus members as a cosponsor of the bill.

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County Real Estate Up 16.4%


According to a year end report by Merri Ann Simonson of Coldwell Banker SJI, the real estate market in the county is improving; with the exception of sales of waterfront lots: "In the County, 12 parcels sold for a total dollar volume of $3,600,000 as compared to last year when 23 parcels closed for volume of $6,700,000.

You can read her complete report by clicking HERE(pdf 249\k file).

OPALCO Seeks Candidates For Board Election

The 2017 OPALCO Board election cycle is now open and nominations for board candidates in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands) are being accepted. At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, the new member Elections & Governance Committee was appointed to put forward the best, most qualified and effective candidates for the Board of Directors.

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Jonathan White: Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Sunday, 19 Feb -17:SJI 07:00 PM SJI Library, free. In a book launch co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore, Jonathan White will read from his new book Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. A surfer and a sailor, White writes about tides around the globe, from hunting mussels under the Arctic ice to the Silver Dragon, a 25-foot tidal bore that reaches 80 miles up the Qiantang River.

Brewery Opens in Friday Harbor

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(Contributed photo)

The Mainland has over 5,000 breweries, and now, finally, Friday Harbor has one of its own.

On Saturday, February 18, Friday Harbor Brewing Company opens the doors to its Brew House tasting room, where locals can sample a variety of small batch, hand crafted beers.

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Signup For 2017 Fair Booth

Do you own a business, run an organization, or have a craft you’d like to share with the islands community? Consider having a booth at San Juan County Fair! The Fair is now accepting vendor booth applications for 2017.

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Children’s Festival Poster Contest

Mark your calendars, folks! San Juan Island’s 27th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 6th, 2017. Island Rec needs your help to design the poster for this year’s Children’s Festival

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Navy, Again, Helps Out

Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted three separate Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs) between Thursday, Feb. 9, and Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. The first was from Friday Harbor Airport to Island Hospital in Anacortes, the second from Jefferson County Hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and the third from Lopez Island to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

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Seed Exchange On 15th

San Juan Island Grange #966 is proud to announce this year's Seed Exchange, next Wednesday, February 15th. Here's an excellent
opportunity to swap some of your garden seeds with fellow growers.

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Renew FH Business License

Renewal notices will be mailed to businesses the week of February 13, 2017. The business license year, or the time period that a business license is active, runs from April 1st to March 31st.

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Wiloma Hinds Harrell

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November 9, 1928 ~ February 2, 2017

Wiloma began her life in Crawford, Texas a small farming community west of Waco. She was the youngest child of William Shakelford and Tot “Lot” Hinds. She was named after her aunt Oma and her uncle Will Cooper who played a larger than life role in her development. She often described her humble beginnings by the phrase “I was a child of the depression”.

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Community Tribute to Honor Granny

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(Photo of "Granny" by K. Balcomb)

February 12, 2017, 1pm to 4pm at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. The Town of Friday Harbor and The Whale Museum are hosting a community potluck to honor Granny.

There is no charge to attend, but please bring food and/or drink to share. There will also be an opportunity to share stories and photos of Granny.

File To Be A Lopez Hospital District Commissioner

On February 10, the County Council will consider a request to form a hospital district on Lopez Island. Assuming Council approves the proposition, it will go to the voters for approval on the April 25 Special Election.

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Your New Best Friend

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My name is Clementine and I’m here to audition for the role of “Your New Best Friend and Part-Time Comedienne”. I’m really hoping you have opposable thumbs, because I do my best work in the sink.

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Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Registration is now open for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course offered by Island Rec and held at San Juan Island Fitness.

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Estate Sale Benefit For FH Animal Protection Society

ig_SO_EstateSale-001 (99k image)With donations from local supporters The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor will hosti an estate sale February 10 & 11 from 10:00 to 4:00, at 689 Airport Circle Drive in Friday Harborof home furnishings; furniture; decorative items, & fine art. All proceeds benefit New Home New Hope campaign.

Reduce Wildfire Risk By Use Of Woody Biomass

Northwest Natural Resource Group is offering a workshop on using woody biomass to reduce wildfire risk in the San Juans in Eastound, WA on Saturday, February 25, 2017

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SJI School Emergency Drill

A comprehensive Emergency Services drill will be enacted at Friday Harbor High School on Saturday February 4, 2017, from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm.

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Know A Tree Hugger?

Calling all tree huggers! Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award!

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Free Workshop On Cyber Security

FREE workshop on the topic of Cyber security for Business, Wednesday, February 8th from 9:15-10:15 a.m. downstairs at Russell’s Landing on Orcas Island (next to the ferry dock). Free workshop - advance registration is required:

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WDFW Wants Comments On Yellow-Billed Cuckoos

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(Photo: Greg Lavaty)

Forty-three species of fish and wildlife are listed for protection as state endangered, threatened or sensitive species. State wildlife managers are seeking public input on their recommendation to list the yellow-billed cuckoo as an endangered species in Washington.

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$1.3 Billion Loss Due To Invasive Species

A new report released today pegs the economic impact of 23 of the most damaging invasive species in Washington at $1.3 billion a year and a loss of 8,000 jobs, if there’s no prevention, according to the Washington Invasive Species Council.

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Underwater Noise And The Orcas

Join the Unitarian Universalist fellowship Sunday Jan 29 10:30 at the Mullis Center to explore the interconnected web of life with a presentation by Dr Veirs.

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Know Your Island Walk

Saturday, January 28, 1-4 pm, Reuben Tarte Park: First walk of the year will be at Reuben Tarte County Park.

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MacKaye Harbor Rd Meeting

A Community Meeting will be held on January 31, 2017 to share and discuss the feasibility study results. You can also participate in an online community meeting at through February 13, 2017. Links To More Information:

SJI Real Estate Summary

By Merri Ann Simonson

In reviewing the year-end results for 2016, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $251,020,953 which reflects an increase in volume of 16.4% over 2015 when the volume was $215,561,667. Read full report HERE(.pdf 249\k file)

Volunteer To Help Pets

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced it will hold two orientation sessions for those who would like to become volunteers.

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SJI School New Mobile App

The latest news and information from schools in the San Juan Island School District are now available on smart phones and mobile devices with a new mobile app

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