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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


( 03/30/2015) 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 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

WSJ: SJC “Top Spot For Luxury Getaway Home”


Not that San Juan County needs any more promoting, but the Wall Street Journal just published a piece called Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes, and the San Juans is the second listing, just after Pebble Beach Californian, and before Hanalei Hawaii..

Man Stabbed With Knife Has Own Deadly Weapon Charge

Two Friday Harbor men got into an altercation on Monday and one was stabbed with a knife. Both men live on San Juan Island, know each other well and both are facing assault with a deadly weapon, but in unrelated charges.

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SJI Woman Featured On The Daily Show

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(Gloria Heoppner withr VA choice card & husband Earl Kornbrekke -KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy)

Navy WAVE veteran and San Juan Island resident Gloria Heoppner recently showed up on a Daily Show segment tiled “Doctor When” about the problem Gloria had with a $15 billion Veterans Affairs program called Veterans Choice.

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Island Rec New School’s Out Program Coordinator

ig_Jordan-Reinhart-001 (4k image)Island Rec is pleased to introduce Jordan Reinhart as the newest member of its team. Jordan is responsible for coordinating STAR (Study Time and Afterschool Recreation), School’s Out Camps, and Camp Eagle Rock. He comes with diverse park and recreation experience working with youth and teens in sports and school’s out programs.

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Local Planning Race To Alaska

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By Rebecca Parks

Put a young man with grand dreams together with a self-described old geek inventor with great toys, and you just might make magic. Nicolas Wainwright of Friday Harbor, a firefighter, sailor and social media guru, hopes so. He intends to join the first 750 mile “Race to Alaska” from Port Townsend to Ketchikan this summer.

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Land Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, The Land Bank, with help from its partners, SJI Library, SJI National Historical Park, SJI Trails Committee, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.), will display nature poems submitted and selected by Islanders along trails winding through some of San Juan Island’s most inspiring natural settings Limekiln and Deadman Bay Preserves, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and American Camp.

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Wolf Hollow to Host Open House

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Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be hosting an Open House on April 4th, 2015, from 11am until 3pm.

This is a once-a-year chance to see behind the scenes of the wildlife care facility, not usually open to the public.

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2015 Community Needs Task Force

By Susan Matthews

Many of you will remember the major undertaking of the Community Foundation back in 2008-2009 when our island was hit so hard by the economic downturn of those couple years.

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Dr. Diaz New SJI Superintendent

ig_Danna_Diaz-001 (3k image)The San Juan Island School District Board of Directors announced today that Dr. Danna Diaz has accepted the position of Superintendent for San Juan Island School District.

Currently the Board and Dr. Diaz are considering the terms and conditions of her employment contract.

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Thriving Communities Conference Features Lopez Community Land Trust.

The Fourth Annual Thriving Communities Conference at the Whidbey Institute is featuring the work of Lopez Community Land Trust. Past conferences have highlighted regional thriving community efforts around the topics of food, economy, and health care. This year’s conference focuses on “Shelter.”

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Building Official Offered Job Back; Will Regretfully Decline?

(UPDATED 03-18-15; 10:30 AM) San Juan County Building Official John Geniuch’s paid administrative leave has come to an end, but according to his attorney Mr. Geniuch was advised by his attorney not be returning to work at CD&P (SJC Community Development & Planning) unless certain conditions of employment are met; however Mr. Geniuch said he has not resigned.

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Justin Ha Wins Rotary Spelling Bee

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( Rotary Club President Thomas Sandstrom presenting trophy to Justin Ha, and Joshua May in background - Jack Cory photos)

Under the stage lights of the San Juan Community Theater, 22 young adults, seemingly poised under pressure, stepped up to the mike. The beginning of Rotary Club of Friday Harbor’s 10th annual Spelling Bee held on Thursday, March 12th.

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Navy MedEvacs Orcas Man

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Once again a San Juan County resident has the Navy to thank for responding to a medical emergency. A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) late Sunday night for an Orcas Island man suffering from severe abdominal blockage.

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Council To Discuss Greenhouses & MJ Grow Productions


(Time corrected) - Starting at 9:15 AM on Monday (03-16-15) The County Council will hold discussions with staff on Marijuana Production & Greenhouse Land Use Regulations; and also will hear from Lincoln Bormann, Land Bank Director, on “Land Bank priorities.”

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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Not Too Late To Help

SJ Island Rec is still recruiting for local organizations that would like to participate in the 25th Annual Children’s Festival by hosting an activity.

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Volunteering at the Animal Shelter

ig_Dog_small-1 (11k image)Do you have some free time, love animals and have an interest in making a difference in your community? If the answer is yes, then the Animal Shelter is the place for you.

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"Walking" The Park With Lee

ig_Lee_Taylor-02 (15k image)Meet Lee Taylor, Superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, to hear about the accomplishments of our park in 2014 and the plans for 2015. This is a special addition to the Know Your Islanders Talks, just as Lee has become a special addition to our island. 7:00 PM, Wednesday 03-11-15, San Juan Island Public Library Main Salon. Refreshments will be served.

Tax Deferred Exchange On Real Estate Sales

By Merri Ann Simonson

Another positive sign of real estate market recovery for our County is an increase in buyers and sellers utilizing a 1031 exchange.

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Lighthouse Preschool Open House

: Friday, March 6th 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, 425 Spring Street, Friday Harbor.

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Celebrate The Life Of Mary Kate Berger

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Sunday, March 8th, 3:00 pm at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Ciely Ty Gray will facilitate a remembrance for Mary Kate followed by light refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Mary Kate Berger fund at Islanders Bank.

SJI Community Dinner Wednesday

Community Dinner Wednesday, March 11th 5:30 = 7:30

Buttermilk Fried Chicken dinner. Southern Style Menu prepared by the Food for Thought Program and Mr. Hendrick’s Baking Class' read the full menu below:

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Solid Waste Debt "retired"

The SJC Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, for operational funding for the solid waste utility, consolidation of debt. According to County Manager, Mike Thomas, early re-payment means saving approximately $150,000 in interest payments Re-payment signifies completion of the County’s multiple year goal to transform solid waste services.

Council Meets Monday

County meets today (0302-15) to approve employees contract; set date for transportation Improvement plan; discuss derelict vessels; proposed shoreline map, and the annual road plan. Full agenda HERE.

Status of Salmon Recovery

Salmon recovery efforts in Washington are making a difference - more salmon are returning home in some areas, although significant work remains- according to a new report released by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

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Stormwater & Gardens

San Juan Island Garden Club meeting Tuesday, (03-03-15 at 1:00 pm) at the Mullis Community Center will feature a presentation titled “Some Things to Know about Stormwater."

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Annual SJI Spayghetti Dinner held

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Animal Protection Society's 7th Annual Spayghetti Dinner was heldTuesday (02-24-15) at Mullis Center with a delectable dinner, desserts, live entertainment & araffle. All the proceeds from the annual event benefit the APS-FH Spay/Neuter Program on San Juan Island.

Breast Self-Exam Kits Available

San Juan County ranks second highest on the State Cancer Profiles list in incidences of breast cancer, and the trend is rising.

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