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NEW Letter On MJ Farming and one on Hospital Board Transparency

Today's Weather

Out With Winter Doldrums With Some Fresh Air For Springtime!

it's time to awaken your inner craftsperson and celebrate the season.

Bonnie Turman, Friday Harbor's craftsperson extraordinaire and owner of "Creative Passions", will share ideas and inspiration for colorful, playful and useful, decorations and crafts for the home and garden at the San Juan Island Garden Club meeting Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Mullis Community Center (589 Nash Street, Friday Harbor.

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FH Port Marina Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

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( Port Commissioners Mike Ahrenius; Barbara Marrett; Greg Hertel; and staff cut the ribbon -IG photo)

The Port’s multi-million dollar marina project has wrapped up and on Wednesday a ribbon cutting celebration to commemorate the completion of the Marina Reconstruction Project was held.

Members of the public and Port staff met in front of the San Juan Island Yacht Club at 3pm for a brief tour and light refreshments, then moved down to cut the ribbon. One uninvited -but welcome- guest also showed up (photo below).

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The Odds Were Poor But “One Lucky Bastard” Survived


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As a "Flying Fortress B-17 pilot during WWII, Don Craddock received the “Lucky Bastard” award for having successfully completed 35 bombing missions over Germany. During WWII the average number of missions for a B17 pilot was six; and it has been estimated a crewman had only a one in three chance of returning from a mission -or to put it another way, the casualties rate of the 8th Air Force in World War II was greater than the combined Marine Corps and Navy casualties.

Don’s plane was named “Embraceable You” in honor of Don and his wife Betty Jane’s favorite song. Her portrait was on the tail of the plane.

Don is featured in the recently published book: Lest We Forget about WWII veterans. The book is published by the WA State Daughters of the American Revolution. Don is featured in a chapter called “One Lucky Bastard” written by Minnie Knych.

Council Green Light For New Rules On Green Houses & MJ Production

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( screen grab of CC webpage- Staff before Gouncil)

The County Council has self-blamed themselves for not anticipating some of the potential problems of large scale greenhouses, stating they should have moved in the beginning to craft relevant regulations, as a number of other counties have done.

Turns out the lack of county action may be working out to be a benefit as they now profit from the mistakes those counties made in the rush to address new land use issues related to large greenhouses and marijuana production.

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SJ Island Real Estate Market Summary

By Merri Ann Simonson

In reviewing the year-end results, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market on San Juan Island per the Real Market data report was $119,077,974, which reflects stable and controlled growth. We enjoyed an increase in volume of 34.5% over year ending 2013 when the volume was $88,640,111.

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Fire On Orcas

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At 11:40 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a home in the Pine Ridge Drive in the White Beach neighborhood for the report of a structure fire. The home owner was on location and reported the fire had started around the vicinity of the wood stove that was in operation.

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New Lopez Deputy


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Rob Nou (pronounced "No"), decided he was not quite ready to retire or move off of Lopez Island after losing the last election to Sheriff Ron Krebs, so he applied for his old job back as a deputy on Lopez. Sheriff Krebs, magnanimous in winning the election hired Nou to fill the vacancy on Lopez. Where better to fill out one's years of service than on an island in San Juan County.

Orcas Island Fire & Rescue Report For Dec

OIFR ( Orcas Island Fire & Rescue ) had a busy December with firefighters EMTs, staff responding to everything from fires, medical emergencies and vehicle accidents. A partial report follows:

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Take A Hike With Mike Before He Does


32 (15k image)Meet Mike Vouri, Historian and Chief of Interpretation, San Juan Island National Historical Park to "Take a Hike With Mike" Saturday Jan. 24, 1-4pm, before he retires.
Meet and park; American Camp main parking lot. Distance; 2 mi. total. Terrain; park trail, not challenging. Rating; moderate. Dogs on leashes okay. Rain or shine. Information;

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Why The SJI Grow Operation Is Closing

There are so many red herrings being dragged down the road away from the actual reasons for the closing of a marijuana grow operation on San Juan Island that one might conclude the controversy must be about aquaculture farming instead of pot growing.

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National Monument Meeting Thursday

The San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) will hold its second meeting next Thursday at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 N 1st St, Friday Harbor.

The public will have the opportunity to make comments to the MAC during the one-hour public comment period at 3:45. Persons wishing to make comments should register in person with the BLM by 3 p.m. on January 22, 2015, at the meeting location.

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$4 Million Marina Reconstruction Project Complete

The Port’s multi-million dollar marina project has wrapped up. In October 2014 Manson Construction mobilized into the marina with their huge crane and made short work of removing old creosote pilings and wooden floats throughout the marina. The Harbormaster relocated vessels to accommodate the major renovations and no vessels were turned away for guest moorage during the holidays. Manson Construction replaced the inner marina with new concrete floats, steel pilings and upgraded utilities.

An integral part of this project was the partnership between the Port and Islander’s Bank for providing the financial assistance through a General Obligation Bond.

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Looking For FHHS Mentors

The second semester FHHS (Friday Harbor High School) Community Service-Learning Class will begin January 27th. This class utilizes committed adult mentors who will guide students through the completion of a service project related to community improvement both locally and globally.

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Drugs Are Still A Controlled Substance


n 01/16/2015 Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a Friday Harbor male on 3 counts of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act for selling Heroin and Methamphetamines.

At around 2:00 pm, Sheriff’s Detectives served an arrest warrant at the residence of the Friday Harbor male. He was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into jail pending a hearing with the judge. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for $100,000 in bail.

Historic Marriage Licenses Available Online

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A treasure trove of genealogical information has been added to San Juan County’s website. Records of all marriages performed in San Juan County are now available online. The oldest dates back to 1874, the first year in which a marriage was recorded here. The happy couple was Enoch May and Miss Elizabeth Caham, married February 2, 1874, on Orcas Island. Edward D. Warbass, the Auditor at that time, used his personal seal on the document, “there being as yet no official seal provided for the office.”

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Medical Fund For Niki

A medical fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank for Niki Truesdale, to help defray costs associated with her treatment for Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Niki has worked at the elementary school for thirteen years and helps students with reading and math.

Contributions can be made to the “Niki Truesdale Medical Fund” at any Wells Fargo branch.

Lecture On Shipwrecks As Artificial Habitats

Arthur Whiteley Lecture presents Derek Smith Shipwrecks: artificial habitats for marine communities, 7:00 pm, Thursday (01-29-15) at the FH Labs at 620 University Road.

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Literature Class Offered

Wandering among mountains and river: landscape in East Asian literature. Join class leader, Catherine Barnhart, in this six week community education course exploring the theme of landscape in the literature of China, Japan and Korea and drawing connections with the mountain landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

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Volunteer Labor Needed For Trails

The Land Bank is partnering with the SJI Trails Committee on the development of the American Camp trail - a path linking Friday Harbor with American Camp National Park.

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"IRS" Phone Scam

Sheriff Ron Krebs warns the public that the Sheriff’s Office has received several phone calls regarding IRS phone scams. These scams are common during tax season and victims often lose thousands of dollars.

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Fish for Teeth Fund Raiser

ig_SO_FishForTeeth_logo-02 (30k image)Fish for Teeth sold fish tacos on Friday, January 23 in front of the San Juan Island Community Theater. The fish tacos were $7 each, and are made with wild Alaskan rockfish donated by Matt’s Fresh Fish, fresh salsa from Pablito’s Taqueria, and other quality ingredients rolled into a giant flour tortilla (they are actually burritos). All profits go to support Fish for Teeth (

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Recycling Fluorescent Lights

San County residents can now recycle fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing lights for free at four sites:

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Council Retreat

The SJC Council will hold a Special Meeting -also called a “Council Retreat-” (9:00 am, Tuesday, 01-20-15), at the McMillin Grill at Roche Harbor. Topics the council will discuss are:

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SJCPHD#1 Commissioners Meeting

Below is the the agenda for the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board of Commissioners Meeting. The date was changed from January 28, 2015 to January 21.

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EDC Classes Set

The Spring 2015 Business Education workshops are set. As 7a result of SJC government funding additional EDC (San Juan County Economic Development Council) workshops and projects this year there are nearly twice as many courses as a result, including a couple of blockbuster all-day workshops:\

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Kids’ Art Contest: Voting Rights

Just in time for Good Citizenship Day on Jan. 16, the Office of the Secretary of State is pleased to announce this year’s Kids’ Art Contest theme, “Every Vote is Equal!” celebrating 50 years of the Voting Rights Act.

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State Cites Marijuana Grower

San Juan Sun Grown has been cited and fined by the WSLCB (Washington State Licensing Review Board) for two violations.
The company -which is believed to be shutting down operations after their building permit was revoked by the Hearing Examiner, and a lack of legal access to their grown operation- was found to be non-compliant in “traceability” of the marijuana produced, and also for lack of adequate security alarms.

Know Your Islanders Talks

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SJI Public Library, Main Room. Meet Theresa Simendinger, current Trails Committee chair and enthusiastic horsewoman, who will tell of her trail ride through the homelands of the Masai people in the country of Kenya in Eastern Africa.

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Comment On Tufted Puffins & Steller Sea Lion Protection

State wildlife managers are seeking public comment on the protective status for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has recommended listing tufted puffins on the state's endangered species list and removing Steller sea lions from the state's threatened species list.

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EMT Association To Help Fund Ambulance Purchase

The EMT Association has voted to provide funds up to $80,000 towards the purchase of a new ambulance.

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Minimum Wage In Washington Now Highest In Country

Washington's new, higher minimum wage took effect Jan. 1, 2015. The 15-cent increase to $9.47 was announced by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in September.

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Call for Photographers

ig_Dog_fhas-01 (7k image)The FH Animal Protection Society’s animal shelter is looking for a volunteer with experience photographing pets for a new public relations campaign. If you are good with a camera, creative & have some time to spare, call Jan Murphy at the animal shelter at 378-2158.

Navy Evacuates FH Woman

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) early this morning for a woman from Friday Harbor who suffered a heart attack.

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Homeless Count January 29

San Juan County’s 2015 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 29. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count.

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County Action On Cattle Pt Rd

The County Council will presumable take action Full Agenda Monday on funding (related report) of 500 feet of Cattle Pt road located near the end of SJI that is currently threatened by coastal erosion.

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Orca Satellite Tagging

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NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has sent out an update on the resident killer whale satellite tagging program. The full update and large map are below:

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Science Training Available Starting In January

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( Lorri Swanson with visitors at Watmough Bight = Kwiaht file photo)

The nonprofit conservation laboratory Kwiaht has announced a special training program for islanders interested in providing science outreach to visitors and schools

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