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Treat A Group Or A Person To A Singing Valentine

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The Island Chordsmen Plus are once again offering a private or public Singing Valentine to the person or group of your choice anywhere on San Juan Island.

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OPALCO Helps Low-Income Households

Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month (average residential bill) to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit to help qualified low-income households pay their electric bills.

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SJI School & Rotary Win Big

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(LtoR: Emily Carrington, Danna Diz & Susan Mazzarella -Island Guardian photo)

The 22nd annual Knowledge Bowl was held Monday, (02-08-16) at the Community Theatre.
ig_E_2016_knowledge_bowl-Nancy_Young-001 (57k image) Prior to the main event there was recognition of Nancy Young, who was honored for her past work as president of the SJI Public Schools Foundation. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers by incoming co-chair Susan Mazzarella.

School Board member Brent Snow once again doing an excellent job as emcee, keeping things moving with humor and unscripted comments as he posed the questions. Big winner? The SJI School District with a check for $107,244.68 from the SJI Public Schools Foundation. Oh, and the SJI Rotary Club came in 1st place.

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Community Pet Food Drive To Start Soon

ig_SO_DogCat_LOGO-001 (31k image)The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is asking that people help support local pets and families by donating pet food during its annual Valentine’s Day Community Pet Food Drive. By providing pet food for families in need the animal shelter is able to help pets stay in their homes - where they belong, where they belong!

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Friday Harbor House Has New Managers

ig_Meaghan_McCormick-001 (37k image)Friday Harbor House has announced the appointment of Michael Felso and Meaghan McCormick as co-innkeepers. The pair is said to bring a blend of dining and hospitality experience, as well as a local connection, to the property’s helm.

For McCormick, a San Juan Island native, the appointment represents a return to her roots. Her first job, at the age of 11, was bagging groceries at Kings Market, only a few blocks away from Friday Harbor House, where McCormick would later have her first hospitality position as a front desk agent.

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Sand Lance Hiding In Existing Salmon Data

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Recently a team of scientists from the Northwest Straits Commission and the SeaDoc Society took a deep dive into decades of data collected by scientists looking for juvenile salmon in the nearshore.

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OPALCO Working With T-Mobile Cellular

OPALCO states that Rock Island (now a part of OPACO) will deliver wireless services to both home and business users in San Juan County via LTE Fixed Wireless by working with T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Both parties are bringing wireless spectrum to collectively expand wireless capability to islanders. There is no financial exchange in this agreement.

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FH Woman To State Competition


ig_Grace_Willows-001 (37k image)Grace Willows, Friday Harbor High School senior, recently performed at San Juan Music Educators Association woodwind solo competition, January 30, 2016. She played the clarinet (Weber's Concertino) in the Bellingham regional competition , won the woodwind section and will now go to State level competition. The performance Concertino was accompanied by Dorothy Baker (piano). Her clarinet teacher is Sue Collado.

The YouTube link to Grace performing may be viewed on YouTube at

SJI Knowledge Bowl Monday

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The 22nd annual Knowledge Bowl will be held on Monday , February 8, at the Community Theatre. Our fabulous Friday Harbor Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:30 and the FH MIDDLE School PTA will be offering baked treats in the lobby before and during the event. There will be raffle items during intermission as well.

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Considering Selling Your Property ?

By Merri Ann Simonson

Thinking about selling your property? You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information. This list is to prepare sellers in San Juan County for marketing their property.

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How Birds Fly: Photographs and Stories with NASA Researcher

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( Common Tern -Peter T. Cavanagh photo)

Birds fly through our lives every day, their flight might not seem extraordinary - until you recognize that it is a marvel of mechanics that evolved over millions of years. With just over 100 years of powered flight, humans are newcomers to the sky, but we have been helped to get there by studying bird flight.

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SJ Nature Institute Winter Lecture Series

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San Juan Nature Institute's annual winter lecture series -in collaboration with UW Friday Harbor Labs- open to the public and take place in The Commons, at UW Friday Harbor Labs at 7 p.m. On February 4, Timothy Dwyer will offer a talk on:

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SJC Scores Some Grant Money

A significant amount of grant and loan funding is once again proposed for high-priority projects in 2017 to protect the health of Washington’s lakes, rivers, streams and marine waters, and once again San Juan County will receive funding for the following projects and programs:

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SJ Fire Chief Steve Marler Has Died


ig_Steve_Marler-001 (31k image)(UPDATED 02-28-16, 8:30 PM) After many days in hospital SJI Fire Chief Steve Marler returned home to San Juan Island to spend his last days, but sadly he died peacefully Thursday night in Friday Harbor.

SJC Sheriff Ron Krebs stated "Steve was a kind, gentle, giant of a man with a huge heart and a great sense of humor. His loss will be felt by all of us for years to come."

Chief Marler had been flow off island at Christmas time for medical reason. His medivac flight return home was greeted by a formation of fire engines, with all lights flashing, lined up on either side of the taxi lane.Public Information Officer Sheila Harley said “It was Chief Marler’s wish to spend his final days here in Friday Harbor where he has served and loved the people of San Juan Island for many years.”

The Chief requested that Capt. Noel Monin “convey this message to everyone ‘Please give everyone my deepest sincere thank you’.”

A Curious Little Development

ig_Alex_MacLeod-2 (30k image)By Alex MacLeod

There is a move afoot to change OPALCO’s By-Laws to restructure the board so its membership reflects the population of each island. There is nothing especially novel about the idea: it has, at various times, been pushed for the county council, for instance.

What makes this more interesting is that it is being pushed by Gerry Lawlor, the head of OPALCO’s subsidiary, Rock Island Communications.

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A “Pocket Park” Proposed In FH

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(Early entrance concept, not yet a "park" -2014 Sunshine Alley Design Plan drawing)
Town residents are invited to a presentation of the architect’s initial proposed design for a Spring Street pocket park Tuesday, February 9th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. The pocket park will be a place for pedestrians to stop and relax and is intended to draw attention to the Sunshine Alley entrance next to the movie theater.

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The SJI Library Wild Side Series: Winter- In The Dark Of The Night


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SJI Library, Monday, 25 January, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM When winter comes we all want to hibernate. But what about the nocturnal animals who wake as we head to bed? Come listen to experts speak about owls and other wild animals that are active at night when we are asleep. The first in a four-part nature series run in partnership with Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Kwiaht Center

Free Weekend at Whale Museum

ig-Whale_Museum_Sign-002 (52k image)All admission fees to the Whale Museum will be waived during the February 12 through February 14 weekend, daily hours 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Hospice Training Offered

Hospice of San Juan honors the end of life by offering ‘care and comfort’ services to people with chronic, debilitating or terminal illness so that they may remain at home and live with comfort and dignity.

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Nelda Hastings

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October 17, 1933 ~ February 4, 2016

Nelda Hastings longtime Friday Harbor resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, following a brief illness.

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Navy Helps Out Again

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted an evening Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from the San Juan Islands.

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Tennis Anyone? Anyone At All?

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My name is Elliott. I’m about 3 months old and I already have my own tennis ball and a personal trainer. I’ve actually been compared to Andre Agassi. I’m looking for a doubles partner - do you play? The ball is in your court, my friend. Let’s start with Love-Love. Stop by the animal shelter to meet me soon! I’ll just be here practicing my serve until you get here.

Bware IRS Phone Scams

It is that time of year again when the annual IRS phone scam start coming in. The Sheriff’s Office reports they have received a number of phone calls the last few days regarding IRS scams.

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Monday Cancer Support Group

Lopez Hospice & Home Support Office, Monday, (02-0816) 3:00pm. Lopez Hospice & Home Support free, support group for anyone living with cancer. Designed to create a safe, confidential space, the support gives time for sharing thoughts and feelings with others. Facilitated by Elizabeth Landrum, a retired clinical psychologist. Drop ins are welcome.

Temporary Town Business Licenses

On February 4, 2016, the Town Council adopted Ordinance No. 1590 amending the municipal code regarding business licensing. Town staff will implement the changes beginning in March.

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Workshop On Brochure Design

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors’ Bureau (SJIVB,) are offering two free workshops entitled Effective Design for Tourism, February 23rd and 24th on San Juan Island and Orcas Island.

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Lopez Village Water Quality

By Steve Cade

Fisherman Bay Water Association (FBWA) has received some questions concerning the water quality in Lopez Village.

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Former Sen. Harriet Spanel Dies

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Harriet A. Spanel (Democrat) served in the 40th Legislative District which included San Juan, northwestern Skagit and southwestern Whatcom counties.

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Unfair Practices In Manufactured Housing

Buyers of manufactured homes do not enjoy equal protections under the law, making them more vulnerable to unfair and sometimes predatory business practices.

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Sign Up Now: America’s Boating Course

America’s Boating Course will be given by the Friday Harbor Power Squadron March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5 at 7:00 -9:00 PM at Skagit Valley College, F.H. Instruction is free.

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Looking For A Cute Dog?

ig_SO_PetWeek-Betsy-001 (28k image)I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “where did she get those magnificent ears?” Right? Well, all I can tell you is that, yes, they’re real. I’m Betsy, and what you see here is all 100% ME - part Chihuahua, part Pug and all heart! If you like big-eared girls who love to cuddle, go for walks and enjoy treats, then I’m the girl for you! I’m at the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor waiting for you!

Burn Awareness Week

February 1-7 is Burn Awareness Week. according to the American Burn Association most burns are started in the kitchen and bathroom.

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Ecology Draft Rules For Transporting Oil

Washingtonians interested in shaping laws that enhance the safety of transporting oil through the state are invited to share input at several upcoming workshops hosted by the Washington Department of Ecology.

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Wolf G. Bauer

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2/24/1912 ~ 1/23/2016

Wolfgang Guenther Helmut Bauer died on January 23, 2016 at Hearthstone, a family care home on San Juan Island. Wolf was just 4 weeks short of his 104th birthday. Wolf had a strong connection with San Juan Island.

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Grief Support At PeaceHealth

A six-week grief support group for those healing the loss of a loved one begins Monday, Feb. 1 and runs every other week through April 11 at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, Meeting time is 2 to 3:15 p.m., and cost is free.

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Updated & New Regs On Oil Spill Funding

When facilities in Washington state receive crude oil, or petroleum products, from waterborne vessels and rail tank cars, taxes are imposed.

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SJC Hospital District Commissioners Meeting Time Change

Tthe agenda for the January 27, 2016, Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1
Board of Commissioners meeting time has changed from 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate an Executive Session at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting will be called to order at 4:00 p.m. then go into Executive Session to adjourn at 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday Town Hall Meeting With Councilman Bob Jarman

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(Councilman Bob Jarman -Island Guardian photo)

A Town Hall Meeting With Councilman Bob Jarman on Thursday (02-28-2016, 5:30 PM) in the community room of Skagit Valley College Town Hall.

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SJI Garden Club February Speaker

ig_Fiona_Norris-001 (38k image)Tuesday, (02-02-2016) at 1:00 pm, Please join the SJ Island Garden Club at the Mullis Community Center to hear Fiona Norris of the SJ Nature Institute "talk about our work.... San Juan Nature Institute Who we are and What we do. A small organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of the unique natural history of the archipelago.”

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Patricia “Pat” Fairweather

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November 14, 1920 ~ January 6, 2016

Patricia “Pat” Fairweather, 95, of Friday Harbor, Washington passed away on January 6, 2016. She was born in Portland, OR November 14, 1920 to Edward and Leona (Upchurch) Jones. At the age of 6 months the family returned to Seattle.

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Hey! Still Waiting Here. 6 Months Now

ig_SO_WagsTo-Smokie-001 (37k image)Can someone, please, explain to me why I’ve been here at the animal shelter for over six months? It’s the darndest thing. Not only am I strikingly handsome, I’m friendly, good-natured, affectionate, & cute too. I’ve got a very fancy pedigree - I am a Russian Blue/British Short Hair mix. I’m still here waiting for someone to fall in love with me. What gives, Friday Harbor? Maybe you could come over to the animal shelter to meet me? I’m pretty sure you’re going to like me a lot. Just ask for me, “Smokie”.

The Mysterious Military Road

"Know Your SJI Island Walk for January 23rd from 1 to 4 PM as Mike Vouri and Ken Arzarian will lead a tour on a search for the mysterious Military Road, the first road on San Juan Island.

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Fish For Teeth Fish Friday Taco Sale

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These all-important fish tacos (they’re actually burritos) will be sold on January 22 at Ace Hardware from 11-2 pm for a $7.00 donation to Fish for Teeth. These tasty tacos also feature fresh salsa from Pablito’s Taqueria, Tillimook cheese, and other quality ingredients. All profits go to support Fish for Teeth (

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Lopez Student Nominated To Naval Academy

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, Has announced one of his three principal nominees to the military service academies is from Lopez Island. Harrison P. Goodrich will be Larsen’s principal nominee to the U.S. Naval Academy. Goodrich is ranked number one in his class and serves on the student council at Lopez Island High School. He is a varsity athlete in four sports, serving as captain of both the football and baseball teams. He is a volunteer firefighter and a Student Emergency Medical Services member, assisting with the Island paramedics and EMTs.

Dodie’s Shadow Has Followed Her

ig_Dog_Shadow-01 (54k image)By Michelle Loftus

Shadow, my magnificent fuzzy friend has joined Dodie Gann on a journey where there must be great opportunities to explore and bark. The big giant came to live with Kevin and me after Dodie’s passing three years ago.

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APCFH Volunteers Of The Month

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The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Dave and Nancy Harvey are Volunteers of the Month for January.

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Centurlink Inernet Down 30 Min County Wide On 19th, 20th & 21st

On January 19, 20, 21, at 12:01 a.m. each day, CenturyLink will upgrade switches serving the San Juan Islands. During the
upgrade, Internet service will not be accessible for approximately 30 minutes. All phone services, including 911, will remain
available in a reduced capacity.

Washington Nonprofits, OSOS Partnership To Strengthen Nonprofits Statewide

With 58,000 nonprofits in Washington State, Washington Nonprofits and the Office of Secretary of State have launched a new partnership that will significantly increase how well nonprofits are able to achieve their missions.

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Evergreen State To Be Sold

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Built in 1954, Evergreen State is our oldest ferry and will soon be put up for sale. The 87-car ferry boasts World War II surplus drive motors, and has served as a workhorse carrying tens of thousands of passengers and vehicles for more than six decades.

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Council In Retreat Friday 1-15-16

The SJC Council will be holding a Special Meeting (Retreat). The purpose of the meeting is for the Council to meet with other elected officials and department heads for administrative and legislative planning; 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. in the Parks & Fair Department Conference Room, Fairgrounds.

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Wednesday SJIHS Dinner

Wednesday, January 13th fthe San Juan High School Community Dinner and Student Exhibitions. The Community Projects Class will be presenting Student Community Projects in the classroomsThe Food for Thought Program will present the crowd-pleasing GREEK MENU{

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