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SJI Real Estate Market Update

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

Coldwell Banker San Juan IslandsThe first quarter results for San Juan Island were pretty exciting as the real estate dollar volume reflected an increase of 31% as compared to the same three month period in 2016; darn nice production for the start of the year. The number of transactions reflected an increase of 30%. Overall, the County had a 23% increase in volume and 28% increase in the number of transactions.

Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands was up 49% as compared to last year same period.

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State Politicians At Odds Over Budget Increases

With Democrats and Republicans unable to reach an agreement for the two year budget on what to cut and what to add to the budget, Governor Jay Inslee has called -once again- the Legislature to a special session on Monday (0424-17) to hopefully pass a budget.

The Legislature is at odds over how to raise over $5 to $8 billion, according to one estimate, to fund existing and proposed projects; and of course that includes the big expense of funding education; which the state Supreme Court ruled must be in place no later than September of 2018.

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Design a License Plate For San Juan Islands

The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute are kicking off their San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Design Initiative with a contest!

The initiative encourages the public to help create and select a specialty license plate that will generate funds for the conservation and stewardship of natural, agricultural, historic and cultural resources in the San Juan Islands.

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Procession Of The Species On Lopez

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On Saturday, April 22, Lopez Island Conservation Corps (LICC) invites the community to join in on the seventh annual Procession of the Species. The Procession kicks off promptly at 3:30 pm, so plan to arrive at 3:00 to get set up.

To participate in the procession, all you need is a costume or adornments that display any living thing--animal, plant, fungus--wearable while walking.

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CG Rescues 2 In Lopez Sound

A Coast Guard crew rescued two 12-year-old male kayakers who became stranded on Crab Island in Lopez Sound, Wash., Wednesday.

The kayakers paddled out to meet Coast Guard Station Bellingham crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and were safely transported to the boat ramp at Hunter’s Point on Lopez Island.

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SJI Library New Auto Information Phone Line

Ever been heading away on vacation and wished you could renew your holiday reading but you have to catch the red-eye, your laptop is packed and the Library is not open?

Well, now you can conveniently renew items by phone even when the Library is closed. Telephony is the Library’s automated telephone circulation system.

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Mix & Mingle & Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd, and you can start celebrating early: If you have a passion for the environment, food, farming, and camaraderie, you are invited to join in April’s Green Drinks hosted by Island Grown in the San Juans at Brickworks (150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor) on Thursday April 20th from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

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Okay, Why is this Dog Smiling?


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Yappy Hour is Coming - that’s why!

You’re invited to join the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor at the Rumor Mill next Wednesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 for another fun evening of delicious Yappetizers and luscious Libations guaranteed to make your tail wag! You’ll have a chance to win some terrific raffle prizes too! A generous portion of your tab will be donated to the animal shelter, so bring your friends and join in the fun! For more information call Jan at the animal shelter, 378-2158.

Simpler Process For Business Licenses

Businesses in Washington can expect a simpler process for acquiring general business licenses now that the Senate passed legislation to simplify an often confusing and time-consuming process.

When businesses operate in more than one city, even when their only operation is making a single delivery in another jurisdiction, a business license is often required for each municipality they enter. For some businesses, that can be excessive and require hours of paperwork.

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BLM Seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until May 26, 2017. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of which the MAC is one, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands.

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DOE Wants Changes In County Shoreline Regs

San Juan County has drafted recommended changes to the county Shoreline Master Program (SMP, and the Washingtion State Department of Ecology(DOE) read the proposed update and suggested 64 changes, some of which are comprised of multiple recommendations, they would like to see the County make.

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Spring Street Park Update

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The pavers have been installed for the Friday Harbor “Pocket Park” in Friday Harbor, but the final concrete pour was cancelled last Friday due to bad weather.

The Contractor is now scheduled to pour the balance of the concrete on Wednesday, April 12th. This portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians during the pour and will reopen after the concrete has time to set.

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Open House On SJI “Connector Road”


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San Juan County Public Works is holding an open house on the a Connector Road on San Juan Island on Wednesday April 12, at the Juan Island Fire Station (1011 Mullis St) from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm, to learn about and discuss the project Current information is also on the County Public Works webpage HERE

3D Printing Available at SJI Library

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(Director Laurie Orton -Island Guardian photo)

After a few months of staff experiments and training, the San Juan Island Library is now offering 3D printing for public use. So far they have created items ranging from semi-useful (soap dish, cardholder, plastic bag carrier, fly swatter, cookie cutter) to ridiculously cute (cat ring, gnomes, dragons and the ever-popular and much-needed cork pig); to a simple, but useful, artifact that helps those with ADHD.

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Bit Of A Breeze On Friday


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(Screen shot of video by Ducan Wilson)
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(Photo by John Simpson

B.C. ferries canceled many of their runs Friday due to high winds and large waves, and parts of San Juan county also experienced some unusually high winds; high enough to blow one of the Town of Friday Harbor’s sidewalk trees into the road by the court house, closing one of the lanes, and making a bit of a mess until town crews quickly responded and cleaned up the mess.

Sleeping Problems & Old Age

As we grow old, our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed in youth.

But does that mean older people just need less sleep?

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Museum honors Bob Jamieson

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A reception will be held at the Roy Franklin Terminal at Friday Harbor Airport on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. to honor the Featured Pilot for 2017: Bob Jamieson. Islanders are invited to celebrate the occasion of this annual addition to the San Juan Aviation Museum.

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Litter-Free by the Sea: Saturday

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it is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide spring-cleaning event, during which volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. This year, the clean-up will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

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Free! Brown Bag Lunch Seminars

The Northwest Workforce Council Career Center is hosting a series of free Brown Bag lunch seminars.
April seminars include:

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SJI EMT Of The Month

ig_John_Gossom-001 (32k image)Congratulations John Gossom the SJI April EMT of the month. John is said to be one of the kindest and accommodating volunteers around EMS these days.

Lately John has been a huge influence with the current EMT class acting as evaluator and patient preparing students for final testing.

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SJ Community Home Trust Hires New Executive Director

ig_David_Gow-001 (55k image)San Juan Community Home Trust has hired David S. Gow as Executive Director. Mr. Gow has been a resident since 2012 and resides here with his partner, Heather Mueller, a teacher at Friday Harbor Elementary.

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Seeks Long Term Relationship

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Single White & Black Male seeks long term relationship with someone who likes the same things I do…..McDonald’s drive-thru windows, playing with other dogs, sniffing cats from behind, going for walks, a soft, cozy bed and frequent belly rubs.

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Town Hall Meeting: Jamie Stephens

Council Member Jamie Stephens will hold a town hall meeting on Friday (04-14-17) at 1:30 pm at the Lopez Center. Public is invited to ask questions.

SJI Easter Egg Hunt

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April 18th, Jackson Beach at 1PM, TONS of real eggs, toy prizes for all aged 0-12, and special fire safety prizes. Benefit for the Friday Harbor Food Bank: by bringing a non-perishable food item -or money donation. Sponsored by the San Juan Island Firefighters’ Association

April Special Election On Lopez

Nearly 10 percent of Washington’s registered voters are receiving ballots for the 2017 April Special Election voting period that ends April 25. San Juan County has only one Special Election: "The San Juan County Council adopted Resolution No. 9-2017 regarding the formation of a Public Hospital District. If approved, Public Hospital District No. 2 would be established with a boundary of all land within precincts of Lopez North and Lopez South with the purpose of operating health care facilities and providing hospital services and other health care services."

Performers Wanted For Fair

Friday Harbor, San Juan County: Calling all performers for the 2017 San Juan County Fair, applications are being accepted. Performers from the San Juan Islands and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply now!

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.Arboretum Hosted Excursion

Learn about the latest craze in gardening - Nativars - improved cultivars of native plants. Breeders have taken natives and tweaked them to bloom longer, grow tidier, have more colorful foliage and be more disease resistant

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Take “Natural Hazard” Survey

The San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is working on a "Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan". The survey can be accessed at this link:

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Mary Louise Austin

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June 26, 1926 ~ March 30, 2017

Louise passed away on March 30, 2017, at The Village at the Harbour, in Friday Harbor Washington, at the age of 90. She was born to Charles and Lola Napoleone on June 26, 1926 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Whale Museum Volunteer Open House Tuesday, April 11

The Whale Museum is holding an open house for anyone interested in volunteering. If you have some spare time and are interested in our marine ecosystem, the museum has something for everyone.

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Chapito Here, aka "Chappie"

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Hello Friday Harbor! My name is Chapito, but my friends here at the animal shelter call me, “Chappie”.

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Meet The OPALCO Candidates

OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative membership. OPALCO members will have a chance to vote for two open board positions in the election that opens on April 13th. There are three candidates for the two open positions in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands): Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen and Bill Severson. All
Co-op members vote in all elections, regardless of their home district.

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EDC Workshop On Using SuperConnectivity™

Effective and powerful communication can help build companies and careers. It’s a critical component of enduring success in today’s competitive business world. Whether a face-to-face conversation or well-written e-mail, a meaningful and well delivered message establishes a connection that creates a powerful impression with customers and colleagues.

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Nate Benedict

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April 2 1922 ~ March 29 2017

Nate died peacefully Wednesday afternoon with his family by his side. A full obituary will follow.

Council Off To Sidney B.C.

The San Juan County Council will be attending the Washington State Ferry’s first sailing of 2017 to Sidney, BC on Sunday, April 2 at 9:30 AM. The public is, of course, welcome to go along for the ride over and back.

7 Months Waiting For A Home

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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. The last one picked for the team. The lonely girl in the corner that no one will dance with. That’s me. I’m Seraphina and when I arrived here in Friday Harbor I was just a kitten. That was ages ago…now I’m almost seven months old!

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Wolf Hollow Open House

Don't miss this opportunity to tour our facility, meet staff and board members and learn more about the work carried out at your local wildlife rehabilitation center, . Saturday, 01 April, 2017, 11:00 AM - 03:00.

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-- Guest Column --

It Has Been Lawson Ridge For Generations

ig_Jay_Ibold-001 (44k image)By Jay Ibold

Since my family moved to San Juan in 1999 the options for hiking have grown in a big way. Many of the trails were there well before my time, but the acquisitions (and labor) of the National Parks, the Land Bank, and volunteer trails committees have created a wonderful, cohesive network of well marked and maintained trails.

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OPALCO Trimming Trees

You may see Right of Way OPALCO crews in your area trimming trees away from power lines and equipment. This regular maintenance is a critical to maintaining safe and reliable service. Please keep your landscaping and shrubs away from OPALCO equipment, and advise them about potential hazard trees near the lines.

John Evans
Greg Hertel
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Teresa Smith
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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