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Push For “Leave No Trace”

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( Detail of contributed photo below)

On Tuesday, September 29 the TMWG (Terrestrial Managers Working Group) met with the San Juan County Council to present the “7 Principles” of Leave No Trace specifically adapted for the San Juan Islands.

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Emergency Services Open House

Every year the combined Emergency Services Agencies hold a "Safety Fair" in October so that the public can come and see something of what their tax dollars are being designated for.

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FH Soroptimists Helping Cancer Patients

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor’s (SIFRI) Cancer Transportation Fund has provided over $16,500 for ferry tickets for cancer patients and their caregivers in the recently completed 2014-2015 fiscal year.

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Meet The Honeywells & And Learn About Their Development Proposal

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( Orcas Dreams -aka Mar Vista property)

3:00 to 4:00 pm on Sat Oct 10 at Brickworks, all are invited. The Honeywells have come under heavy media review for the cutting of vegetation and some tree removal on their San Juan Island property (Related Story), and have also applied for land use and a dock permit that has also generated public interest in their projects.

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Supreme Court: County Subcommittees Not Required To Meet In Public

The refusal of the council to allow citizens to sit in on council subcommittee meetings that were held to discuss the updating of the Critical Area Ordinances (CAO) resulted in a law suit that recently reached the Washington Supreme Court Related Story .

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Fall 2015 Outreach Vehicle Reservations Planning

WSF (Washington State Ferries) want to hear how reservations are working for you and your family as they evaluate whether program modifications are needed for the spring and summer 2016 sailing seasons. Your input , they state, “make sure reservations work well for everyone.”

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Follow San Juan County on Twitter?

San Juan County is formally adding Twitter as a means of communicating with citizens. County Manager Mike Thomas said that the County's Tweets will include urgent bulletins as well as links to news releases and items of common interest. Twitter users can receive the messages by following @SanJuanCountyWA.

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Squaw Bay Name Change? We Say Peshaw!

ig_S_SquawBay_Map-002 (51k image)One of the former editors of the San Juan Journal has petitioned the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names to change the historical name of Squaw Bay to Sq'emenen -the Lummi name for the word Shaw, so that Squaw Bay would be known as Sq'emenen Bay

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Hospital Board Candidates Respond To Questions Wednesday

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The San Juan County Public Hospital District commissioner candidates will respond to written questions at a community forum on Wednesday (5:30 pm September 30, 2015 at the Mullis Community Center)

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Recycling A Road


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( IG Photo)

This thing came in on the ferry last night and we asked the young man next to it what it did and why was it here. Mr. Justin O'Neal, who is 6'-4" -just to put things in perspective here- confirmed our best bet that it chewed up the surface of a road at one end and deposited road base gravel at the other end as it moved down a roadway. Public Works is thinking "green"; that's a good thing.

FH Fall Farm Parade, Chili Cookoff & Seed Program

ig_A_FarmParade-001 (51k image)Fall has arrived and the Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade is just around the corner.! The fifth annual parade will leave the Fairgrounds at 2:30 PM on October third, turn down Argyle and Spring Streets and head toward the Farmers Market at Brickworks.
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Mark Madsen Appointed to OPALCO Board

The Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) Board of Directors has appointed Mark Madsen of Friday Harbor to fill the District 1 board position vacated by Glenna Hall. Madsen is a former Senior Program Manager at Microsoft & a co-founder of, to name but two of his varied accomplishments.

Madsen had been appointed by the OPALCO board in 2014 as one of three on a nominating committee charged with identifying candidates for election to the OPALCO board.

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Update From SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz

ig_Danna_Diaz-001smal (7k image) We had a great start of school and it has been truly an honor to walk down the halls of the schools, have lunch in the cafeteria, meet with teachers, students and parents and learn about how I may better serve as your superintendent.

Thankfully, at the San Juan Island School District, we are proud of our mission: “To provide a world class education through focus on superior instructional performance, meaningful student engagement, and challenging academic content for every student every day.”

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OPALCO Joins Local Food Co-ops For National Co-op Month

The Orcas Food Co-op, San Juan Island Food Co-op and OPALCO have joined forces to bring the National Co-op Month celebration San Juan County.

During the month of October, OPALCO will cooperatively offering family activities, co-op talks, film showings, goodies and a “gold star co-op member” checklist with prizes and a raffle drawing. Get the full calendar of events at

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Letters About Literature Contest

An annual national competition encouraging students to write about a favorite or influential book is under way, and Washington is again taking part.

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day On Lopez

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This year’s National Public Lands Day National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 26. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) event will be hosted by Odlin County Park and co-hosted by Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island’s north end from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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SJI "Ball Fields" Open House Saturday

The public is invited to come down to the San Juan Island Community Park open house, commonly know as the ball fields, at the end of Carter Street Saturday September 26, 2015, 9:00 am -6 pm.

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SJI "Safety Fair" Saturday

SATURDAY 11:00 AM: Every year the combined Emergency Services Agencies hold a "Safety Fair" in October so that the public can come and see something of what their tax dollars are being designated for. Public invited to the SJI Fire & Safety Headquarters at 1011 Mullis Street to visit the various safety oriented booths, eat complimentary hot dogs and view the JAWS OF LIFE demonstration. All are welcome.

SJISD Phone-A-Thon Oct 12

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual Phone-A-Thon on Monday October 12 and Tuesday October 13 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

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Election Forums

The LWV (League of Women Voters) election forums are October 6, 7 and 8 2015 where candidates &speakers on ballot issues will address the issues & respond to questions:
Tuesday, was held Oct. 6 on San Juan Island at the Grange in Friday Harbor.
Wednesday, was held Oct. 7 on Orcas Island at the American Legion
Thursday, Oct. 8 on Lopez Islandat 6:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

Final Navy EIS Completed

The U.S. Navy has completed the Northwest Training and Testing Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It can be accessed HERE

Slugging it Out On SJI

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By Erika Iyengar, Ph.D.

When you say that you study banana slugs and the European brown terrestrial slugs, even people at Friday Harbor Labs often respond either, “Disgusting!” or “You can come to my garden and kill all you want.”

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RI VP Mike Greene Leaves OPALCO

Rock Island Communications founder Mike Greene, who has most recently been serving as Vice President of Technology, has announced that he will be leaving the company as of October 15.

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Friday Taco Time

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_Tacos-002 (14k image)The Fish for Teeth Taco Team is setting up shop at the San Juan Island Community Theater, from 11-2. The “tacos,” which are actually burritos, are stuffed with wild Alaskan rockfish (harvested from healthy stocks), fresh salsa from Pablito’s Taqueria, and other wholesome ingredients. The tacos are a $7.00 suggested donation.

San Juan & Island County Emergency Services Connected.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Department and Island County are now connected and capable of backing each other up if needed.

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Trails Committee Trail Talk

Monday, October 5th (7:00pm SJ Library).the Trails Committee on San Juan Island begins its Know Your Islanders Talks season with Boyd Pratt relating the story of his harrowing hike of Kalaupapa, with its 26 switchbacks and 2000 foot elevation change,

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Late-Season Crab Fishing Opens Oct. 1

ig_C_Dungeness-001 (31k image)Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced. recreational crab fishing Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. include marine areas 7 ((San Juan Islands). The openings were approved based on summer catch assessments by WDFW indicated more crab are available for harvest,

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Audubon Fall Boat Trip

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San Juan Islands Audubon is proving a fall boat trip Sunday, October 11th., traveling with Eclipse Charters.

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Mitchell Hill Walk With Weaver

ig_Jerald_Weaver-nps_001 (10k image)Rain or shine, Saturday, September 26, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, meet Meet Jerald Weaver, Acting Superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park, to walk at Mitchell Hill through cedar groves, Garry Oak woodland. Hear about park plans for this area. English Camp main parking lot, carpool to trail head. Distance: 3-mile loop Rating: moderate Terrain: wooded trail with significant ups and downs Dogs on leashes okay.

FH Craft & FiberArts Expo

The San Juan County Textile Guild is pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a Craft and FiberArts Expo on San Juan Island Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at The Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor

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Jean Ellen McNaught Mitchell

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September 26, 1926 ~ September 18, 2015

Jean Ellen McNaught Mitchell, age 88, of Highlands, NC, passed away peacefully on September 18th, 2015. She was born on September 26th, 1926 to the late General Warren Henry McNaught and Marion Ray McNaught. Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, James Robert Mitchell Sr. of Friday Harbor, WA and her brother David Alger McNaught.

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Animal Shelter Fund Raiser Successful

An art auction and wine tasking fundraiser last week attracted nearly 100 people and raised over $10,999,00.

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Feds Approve Funding For Homeless Vets

ig_SO_VetHomeless_Chart-001 (14k image)Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today applauded federal grants for two Pacific Northwest organizations in support of their work to prevent homelessness among veterans. Thousands of very low-income Veteran families around the nation, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

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Gary Austin Gibbons

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7-31-1949 ~ 8-12-2015

Former Friday Harbor resident and long-time Sheriff's Office Dispatcher, Gary Gibbons, died Aug 12, 2015 in Victoria Canada of bladder cancer.

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Look, Can We Talk?

ig_SO_APS_BROOKE-01 (15k image)My name is Brooke and I’m worried. Halloween is fast approaching and after October 1 there’s going to be a 30-day moratorium on black cat adoptions at the animal shelter. Not that I mind it here! They’re very nice to me and the food isn’t bad, but what I really had in mind was my own soft bed in my own home…..soon. I’m very lovable - not to mention gorgeous as you can see by my photo. Any chance you’d like to “spring me” before the end of the month? I’d be ever so grateful. Have your people call my people!

Reversing Cholesterol Buildup

Dr. Spencer Hinds, Cardiologist from PeaceHealth North Cascade Cardiology, will be our guest speaker with a live, in person presentation
Friday September 25, 2015, Presentation at about 11:45 a.m., Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Peace Island Medical Center Conference Room

Art Auction & Wine Tasting For SJI Animal Protection Society

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Friday, 18 September, 2015, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM,Join supporters of the SJI animal shelter at The Brickworks for an evening of art, wine, music and compassion.

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Writing Contest: World War II

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To help mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Washington students in grades 8 through 11 are invited to take part in a state wide essay and letter-writing contest.

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September 17 Is Constitution Day

Many Americans are surprisingly ignorant of the Constitution and the founding principles of the United States. An informal ABC News poll revealed that 70 percent of 1,000 people surveyed could not identify the supreme law of the land (the Constitution).

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Special Orcas Council Meeting

The Tuesday, September 15 County Council meeting at the Eastsound Fire Station on Orcas Island has been changed to a Special Meeting. A Special Meeting requires the Council to limit discussion and action to items on the posted agenda and announce the meeting within 24 hours of the meeting time. See full agenda below:

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Killer Whale Research Update

The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Brad Hanson as part of the 2015 Lecture Series on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.

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Return to Tajikistan - Farmer-to-Farmer Program

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(Bruce Gregory discussing aphids with host farmer Firdavs Safarov -web photo)

By Bruce Gregory

Last year, at the end of my ACDI / VOCA (Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance) volunteer assignment to Tajikistan I was asked if I would consider returning in 2015.

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