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Today's Weather

Victoria Clipper Ferry Fire

ig_Boat_Victoria_Clipper-III-001 (38k image)Coast Guard crews escorted the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry to Seattle following a reported electrical fire aboard the vessel near Port Townsend, Thursday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles escorted the Victoria Clipper to its Seattle pier after the ferry’s crewmembers reportedly extinguished the fire aboard the vessel.

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SJI Missing Person Safe


ig_John_Roberson-01 (18k image)The Sheriff’s office would like to thank our community for all their concern for John Roberson. A large number of Federal and State agency’s had been called and were working together to help in locating Mr. Roberson. The family of Mr. Roberson found him this morning on the main land and are now caring for him.

Grand Banks Sinks At Shipyard Cove

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36' Grand Banks "Sea Wolf" sank at the Shipyard Cove dock earlier this morning in Friday Harbor. Exact details are still coming together, but it sounds like an unknown quantity of diesel is on board. IOSA, Coast Guard, and Ecology Response Team are all on scene.

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Fire Contained To Garage At Eagle Cove

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At 11:17 PM Monday night a structure fire at Eagle Cove on San Juan Island was called in to 9-1-1 Dispatch. San Juan Island Fire Rescue was called out and responded with two engines, the ladder truck, Rescue 314 , and a water tender. A couple of smaller vehicles were there also to assist the eighteen firefighters.

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Search For The Sharp-Tailed Snake

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(Shay Michaelson photo)

A citizen science opportunity by helping to conserve a rare species on San Juan Island by documenting the presence of the charming, but elusive Sharp-tailed snake on your own property! This very rare snake was only recently discovered on Orcas Island, with a first ever sighting last year on San Juan Island.

Now, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the SJC Land Bank, and SJI National Historical Park invite you to help search for this docile and elusive little snake as landowners and citizen scientists.

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Restoration Agriculture

Tuesday, 14 April, 201, 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM: n this professionally produced video Mark Shepard takes viewers on a video tour of his Wisconsin farm and conducts a full-scale introductory presentation on his unique combination of permaculture, silvaculture, agroforestry and eco-farming. Free Event! Sponsored by the SJIs Agricultural Guild, SJI Conservation District and WSU Extension

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"Mighty Putty" Bomb Scare

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(UPDATED W/PHOTO: 8:11PM 04-12-15) Suspicious materials brought to Sheriff's Office: The bomb squad out of Everett was brought up where they tested a sample. The substance is thought to be Mighty Putty from the As Seen on TV commercials, a harmless epoxy. See attached image.

This stuff was found near guns and ammo, and was brought to Sheriff's Office with concern that it was explosive. Always better safe than sorry, but good opportunity to remind people to call 911 before they put the object in the car and drive it to Town.

Following the “better safe than sorry” response to what may be dangerous materials, the SJC Sheriff cordoned off a large area around the court house while they await the inspection and opinion of state bomb squad experts on what exactly a “local resident found [as] four suspicious looking items while cleaning out their garage,” and then helpfully loaded into their car and took them to the Sheriff’s office.

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Gas Tanker Truck Rollover On Orcas

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( photos by Dimitri)

Crews have concluded response and clean-up efforts at the gasoline spill that occurred on Seaview Street on Orcas Island on April 10, 2015. Washington State Department of Ecology response personnel report the scene is stable and there is no additional pollution risk. All contaminated soil has been removed and will be transported to a treatment facility on the mainland. Clean soil will replace the contaminated soil. Soil samples have been collected to verify the findings of the clean-up.

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Orcas Man Arrested In Hit & Run

On 04/08/2015 shortly after 10:00am a call of a reported Hit and Run accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle came into the Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch center. At 10:05am Orcas Fire and Aid was the first to arrive on scene and treated an 18 year old female student for injuries sustained from being struck by a moving vehicle.

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Arbor Day Tree Give-Away

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Arbor Day Tree Give-Away 2015 will take place Saturday, April 11, 2015 on Orcas, San Juan, and on Lopez, from noon until we run out of trees. For your free seedling, come to Market Place on San Juan Island, the Island Market on Orcas or the Lopez Village Market on Lopez Island.

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There Is Help For Sexual Assault Victims

The tear stained face of a 20-something woman who spent two hours getting ready for a date, only to not remember anything past the after dinner drink until she woke up the next morning, bloody and sore.

Or here’s the angry face of a 10-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted in the bathroom on our local ferry.

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New Hearing Examiner For San Juan County

ig_Sharon_Rice-001 (3k image) Attorney Sharon Rice (photo left) will replace Phil Olbrechts as the county hearing examiner.

SJC Administrator Mike Thomas stated Rice “provides hearing examiner services for a number of cities and counties in the state including the counties of Walla Walla, Thurston and Skamania.”

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Mary’s Closed Down…Now What?


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Bad news for the red-eye ferry line, Mary Nash was unable to renew her lease for the bottom of the old Victorian building housing the Doctor’s Office Café , home to fresh baked goods, ice cream and San Juan Coffee beans, and the space is reportedly to be revamped (remove the funky charm) and modernized with new shorter hours and the standard offerings found in in-and-out espresso shops.

Thank you Mary for your years of hands-on personal service and serving of great food starting at 4:30 in the morning, seven days a week. You will be missed

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What Lies Behind OPALCO’s Rate Increases?

ig_Chuenchom_Sangarasri_Greacen-001 (11k image)By Chom Greacen

If you find the electricity rate increases, 12% this year and 41% by 2019, alarming, what’s behind the rising rate is worse.

Given OPALCO’s broadband busy-ness lately, how much of the rate increase is due to broadband? OPALCO’s answer is only an average of $3/member/month for 24 months (i) , roughly $1 million total.

So what explains the sudden need for 41% increase in revenues or $28 million in accumulated total by 2019? The explanation we often hear from OPALCO is 1) warming temperatures and 2) the submarine cable between Lopez and San Juan.

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FH Sunshine Alley Revitalization Plan Receives A Merit Award

The Sunshine Alley Revitalization Plan commissioned by the Town of Friday Harbor was selected for a 2015 Merit Award from the Northwest Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects (NWAIA). Architects of the plan were HKP Architects working in conjunction with Beckwith Consulting and SVR Design Company.

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Sheriff To Get Tough On Distracted Drivers

In 2012 the NHTSA (National Traffic Safety Administration) estimated 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving and an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes where the driver was either texting or talking on their cell phones.

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Two SJI Easter Egg Hunts: Friday Night & Sunday Daytime

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If you thought looking for Easter eggs was for the kids on Easter (and it is) stuff, try finding one in the dark amongst the logs at Jackson beach on Friday April 3 in the Island Rec hunt for big kids;, and then Sunday, April 5, join the children as they search for eggs in the SJI Firefighter Association annual Easter Egg Hunt on -both the Friday and Sunday events will be at Jackson Beach on San Juan Island.

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Children’s Festival Poster Contest Winners

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Many thanks to all the young artists who submitted entries! We had some wonderful artworks to choose from this year. Keep an eye out for the posters, which will soon be displayed around town. Island Rec would like to thank Western Prince Cruises, The Toy Box, Ositos, and A Place to Play for sponsoring prizes for the Poster Contest.

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Fatal Accident On Lopez


(UPDATED 1:15 pm, 04/01/2015) At around 2:30pm a call was made to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Dispatch regarding a vehicle upside down along the side of the 200 block of Islandale Road. The lone occupant of the vehicle, Corey Fletcher, was found unconscious and later determined to be deceased. A comprehensive investigation is currently taking place as to the cause of the accident and subsequent death. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending identification and notification of the family.

Building Industry Members Host Luncheon

By John Evans

The San Juan Builders Association hosted a luncheon at Vinny’s in Friday Harbor. The 30 attendees, including two Council members and the Community Development office manager, heard presentations about the current legal actions against the County by Common Sense Alliance (CSA) Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), and the class action suit regarding building permit fees and how the money collected is spent (Related Story). Speakers also talked about concerns regarding the operation of the Community Development Department.

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Orca C.A.L.F. Workshop Part II April 11

The Whale Museum and the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists invite you to attend the Southern Resident Orca C.A.L.F. (Community Action - Look Forward) Workshop Part II on Saturday, April 11th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Friday Harbor High School commons.

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New Nature Preserve For SJI?

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Preservation Trust, Land Bank Take First Steps to Secure “Mount Grant”

The San Juan Preservation Trust and the San Juan County Land Bank are collaborating on an exciting land acquisition project on San Juan Island that, if successful, will become an extraordinary nature preserve accessible to all.

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Town Hall Meeting With Rick Larson


Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, will hold a series of town halls with constituents to share information about his work in Congress and answer questions. Residents of the Second Congressional District and press are invited to attend one to be held on Orcas Island - Sunday, March 29, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m; Eastsound Fire Hall, 45 Lavender Lane

Annual Dodie Gann Memorial Dog Walk

Time to register for the 2nd Annual Dodie Gann Memorial Dog Walk hosted by the Animal Shelter; will start at 11:00, May 30, at Skagit Valley Community College, 221 Weber Way in Friday Harbor.

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County Real Estate Up Over 2014

By Merri Ann Simonson

The first quarter review shows the county had a 48% volum increase: San Juan was up 36%, Orcas was up 52%, Lopez was up 169% and the outer island plus Shaw were up 14%. The other islands lacked as many high-end sales as San Juan.

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Orcas Fire Remains Class 6

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue has retained their Protection Class Rating of a 6 -which is the base rating for the fire district. The smaller the number the higher the rating. San Juan Island has ratings of 8 to 8.5, which results from a lack of fire hydrants in the county -there all in the Town, but Eastsound is not a town, so Orcas Fire has theirs counted, San Juan & Lopez not so lucky in the rating business.

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FH Sailing Club Potluck Dinner

The Friday Harbor Sailing Club 2nd Tuesday of month at the Grange. 5:45 pm followed by potluck dinner &meeting. Guest speakers provide informative & entertaining presentations

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San Juan Singers Spring Concert Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, April 11 - 7:30 pm & Sunday, April 12 - 5:00 pm'; San Juan Island's community chorus celebrates America in all her glorious music with a concert full of all-American songs about our homes, our lives, our neighbors, our work and our play.

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Man Arrested In SJC Found Dead In Coupeville Jail Cell

The Daily Herald of Everett reports that Keaton Farris was found early Wednesday morning dead In His cell In the County Jail In Coupeville "sheriff’s Detective Ed Wallace says Farris was found early Wednesday. The cause of death is under investigation. Farris was booked into jail in March related to an investigation of identity theft in San Juan County. No other details were immediately released."

Town Honors Mayor & County Commissioner Bill LaPorte

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( photo by Michael Bertrand Photography)

The Mayor and Town Council of Friday Harbor honor past Mayor, County Commissioner and Friday Harbor Firefighters Association president Bill LaPorte by naming the Town Fire Association’s 1923 Cadillac fire engine “The Bill LaPorte”.

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Sign-up For The April 18th Great Islands Cleanup

The Great Islands Cleanup is back April 18th. Bigger and better than ever, this year it’s County-wide, with Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan participating. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the San Juan Islands cleaner and more beautiful than ever this Spring, so come out on April 18th to do your part.

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$5K Fine For Jumping From A Bremerton Ferry

On March 21, an adult male passenger aboard the Washington State Ferry Kaleetan intentionally jumped overboard, sustained significant injuries and was recovered by ferry crewmembers aboard a rescue boat.

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FH 4th July Parade Theme Honors Palace Theater

San Juan Island's Chamber of Commerce sets the stage to celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Palace Theater by choosing “Hooray for Hollywood” as the theme for the 2015 Fourth of July Parade.

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Guided Walk Of South Beach

April 11tth @ 1pm: A Guided Walk with Poet Paul Nelson and SJI National Historical Park Historian Mike Vouri

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Decade At Windy Corner Along The Yukon River

MON. APRIL 6, 2015, 6:30PM. SAN JUAN ISLAND LIBRARY. Refreshments will be served. Using slides, Lynette Roberts and Steve Ulvi will share stories and memories of the people and the immense taiga landscape while learning to live a simple life in the bush along the Upper Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska. They lived, worked and adventured in Alaska for 33 years, moving to lovely San Juan island in 2007 to build a new homestead life in retirement

Navy's View On Electronic Warfare Training

(//PRESS RELEASE//) The Navy has clearly and consistently explained that the introduction of mobile and fixed transmitters to enhance already-occurring training will not harm people, animals, or the environment.

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The Darker Side of Paradise

Does San Juan County Have a Domestic Violence Problem? Domestic violence and sexual assault are problems that exist in our community. On Monday, April 13 the League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host a panel discussion about these serious and often invisible issues and measures under way to deal with them.

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Law Offices Change Hands

The Law Offices of William J. Weissinger PS in Friday Harbor is growing and changing. After 25 years in practice on San Juan Island, Bill Weissinger will be selling the law firm to his longtime associate attorney Mimi Wagner, effective this summer.

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So, How Did You End Up Here?

After we first meet someone here it is not long before we ask the question of how they came to find the San Juans. With the County spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year promoting and attracting people to move here, the question is being asked more often, and a story by Linda Kinsey on shows one way the cycle of attract-entertain-attract works.

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WSF Reservations Outreach Thursday On SJI

Washington State Ferries and the Ferry Advisory Committee invite the public to an Reservations Outreach event for San Juan Island, Thursday April 9 from 5pm to 7pm, in the meeting room at the County Fire Station at 1011 Mullis St, Friday Harbor.

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Public Forum With Sheriff Ron Krebs

ig_Ron_Krebs_Candidate_photo-003 (8k image)The Friends of the Constitution Steering Committee has announced their sponsorship of a free public forum, entitled, "An Afternoon's Conversation with San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs".

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Know Your Island Walk, Saturday

Know Your Island Walk, Sat. March 28, 2015, 1-4pm. Meet Kathleen Foley of the San Juan Preservation Trust and Tanja Williamson of the San Juan County Land Bank for a 'behind the scenes' look at an exciting land acquisition project being undertaken for future public use.

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Easter Baskets at Medical Center

Peace Island Volunteers will again be selling Easter baskets filled with goodies, both edible and non-edible, on Wednesday, March 25th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the main lobby of Peace Island Medical Center at 1117 Spring Street.

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Luncheon & Discussion Friday For The Building Industry Folks

The San Juan Builders Association is hosting a luncheon for island builders, contractors, subs and suppliers at Vinny’s Restorante, 165 West Street, in Friday Harbor this Friday, March 27th.

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OPALCO Candidates Announced

OPALCO (Orcas Power & Light Co-op), candidates for its Board of Directors are Winnie Adams, Randy J. Cornelius, Ed Sutton and Chris Thomerson.

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FH Athletic Asso Basketball TournamentThis Weekend

Friday Harbor Athletic Association is hosting a 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament this weekend March 21 & 22 at Turnbull and Hall Gyms.

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SJ Trails Potluck Dinner Thursday

The San Juan Island Trails Committee Annual Trails Committee Potluck is 6 p.m., March 19th, at the Grange Hall: Meet old friends; make new ones.

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State Senate Page Max Mattox

ig_Max_Mattox-001 (12k image) During the week of Feb. 23, Max Mattox of Friday Harbor served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, sponsored Mattox’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.

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EDC Offers Business Boot Camp for Women

Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, an all-day workshop specifically designed to tune up or start-up businesses.

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