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Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jackson’s Beach
It's coming--the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jackson’s Beach sponsored by the San Juan Island County Fire Rescue Association. It will be held at 1 PM on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. There will be lots of eggs and prizes too. The Ladder Fire Engine 317 will be there AND The Easter Bunny is expected to pay a visit. Please bring a can of food for the Food Bank.
The age groups will be 0-3 yrs., 4-6yrs., 7-9 yrs., and 10-12 yrs. old. There will be plastic eggs hidden among the real eggs (no more than 2 per child). Bring the plastic eggs to the prize table to redeem it for a prize. Egg dying will take place at the old Town Fire Station, across from King’s Market, on Friday the 18th at 5 PM.
Cattle Point Road Realignment Open House April 21
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: San Juan Islanders can view the latest design, ask questions and provide comments for the Cattle Point Road Realignment project during an open house scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday April 21 at the Mullis Center, 589 Nash St., in Friday Harbor. The open house, conducted by San Juan County, will also include representatives from the Federal Highways Administration, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service. These agencies are working closely to finalize design so that the project can proceed in 2015.Approximately 500 feet of the Cattle Point Road, located within the park, is threatened by coastal erosion. Without intervention the roadway is likely to collapse within 12 years. This would cut off access to federal and state land as well neighborhoods at the east end of the Cattle Point peninsula. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) selected Alternative B: Hybrid Mid-Slope Realignment as the preferred alternative. The road will be realigned between Pickett's Lane and Cattle Point following a glacial terrace north of the existing roadway. Continued here...
Comment on Sunshine Alley Improvements on 4/22
The results of the Sunshine Alley design workshops will be exhibited for public review and comment during an open house from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday the 22nd of April at Brickworks. Please come between those hours and provide your feedback on possible ideas and improvements.
Participants of the workshops, that were held in February, gave their ideas for alley entries and portals, pathways and connections, alleyway treatments, building backside improvements and uses, outdoor dining areas, performance areas, children’s play, green space and green features, accents, landmarks, and lighting and more. Continued here...
Islands Energy Coalition Letter to OPALCO Members
Dear OPALCO members,
We, the undersigned, are members of the Islands Energy Coalition (IEC), a coalition of individuals from throughout the San Juan’s. Our primary goal is to bring awareness to energy issues ranging from the global to the local. On April 14th we hosted the only OPALCO candidates forum in the San Juan’s. The candidates running are all impressive in their own right. That said, this election cycle we have chosen to support Vince Dauciunas and Steve Hudson for the OPALCO Board. Additionally we are in support of both proposed bylaw changes #1 and #2.
Four of the six candidates were able to attend the forum. Candidates Vince Dauciunas, Glenna Hall, Brian Hoyer and Steve Hudson, gave introductory comments and answered questions from the audience for over 90 minutes. We are fortunate to have many qualified people running for OPALCO Board. Our support for Dauciunas and Hudson is based on both oral and written statements. Looking at the current board composition, we feel Dauciunas and Hudson will bring a balance of technical competency and responsive engagement with members. Continued here....
San Juan Island Grange #966 Open House
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the San Juan Island Grange Hall located at 152 N. First Street, Friday Harbor. Arts and Crafts Contest Entries, 10am-1pm; Open House starting at 5pm! April is Grange Month, and San Juan Island Grange #966 is opening its doors to show off their Hall and welcome new membership and rentals.
View the entries for the Grange Arts and Crafts Contest, check out the beginnings of the Makers Guild Tool Library, and scope out the plans for a new water-view deck! Come celebrate and enjoy refreshments, music, and friendship. Here’s your chance to find out more about Grange activities and how easy it is to have an event there. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. More here...
Current Measles Exposure Sites
Currently there are a total of six (6) cases of measles on San Juan Island, a Kitsap County resident diagnosed with measles was contagious during his stay in Friday Harbor, and one additional case is under investigation. Current information indicates that exposures in Friday Harbor took place as late as April 8th at numerous locations. This means local residents could develop symptoms from this outbreak as late as April 29, 2014.
Exposure dates and sites that should still be of concern include the following:
April 4, 2014: 8:00am-7:00pm Bakery San Juan. 9:30am-3:00pm Friday Harbor Marina. 11:00am-12:10am Cask and Schooner Restaurant. 1:00pm-5:30pm San Juan County Department of Community Development and Planning.
April 5, 2014: 10:00am-12:00pm Friday Harbor Elementary School Baseball Diamond (outdoors only). 1:00pm-3:30pm Friday Harbor Drug. 12:00pm-11:30pm Cask and Schooner Restaurant.
April 6, 2014: 9:00am-12:00pm Catholic St. Francis Church. 3:00pm-5:15pm The Little Store at the Shell Gas Station. 3:30pm-6:00pm Kings Market. 5:45pm-9:45pm Palace Theatre.
April 7, 2014: 8:15am-2:00pm Bakery San Juan. 12:00pm-12:00am Cask and Schooner Restaurant. 6:30pm-8:45pm China Pearl Restaurant. Continued here...
WaterWorks Gallery has Reopened for it's 29th Season
The gallery's first showing of the year in May features the recycled materials mixed media paintings of Jennifer Williams with formed & blown glass by the duo team of Jeremy Newman & Allison Ciancibelli. Current gallery hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10.30 - 5.30 [times are approximate]. Image: Micki Lippe Earrings.
WaterWorks Gallery is located at 315 Argyle St., Friday Harbor. San Juan Island’s premiere gallery for contemporary artwork. Established in 1985 with the concept of showcasing artists based in the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Northwest. The work of the gallery’s painters and sculptors reflect the unique Northwest experience. Artists and their visions evolve and change, stimulated by the changing times we live in. More on The Art Scene...
"Know Your Island" Djarf Trail Walk
Sat. April 26, 2014, 1-4pm: Meet San Juan County Land Bank Commissioner Amanda Azous to walk the new Djarf trail connection on the Land Bank Westside Preserve. We will look for wildflowers and observe prairie restoration activities supported by the new plant nursery located at the Land Bank office in town. Learn about the summer 2013 work of the Youth Conservation Corps and hear history of this area.
Length is 2 mi. Terrain is rustic trail. Rating is moderate. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Meet and park in the upper parking lot of Lime Kiln Point State Park on Westside Road. Please note; Discovery Pass required for parking.
Tuesday Night Films at the Grange
Every other Tuesday Night through the Spring the Friday Harbor Film Festival will be showing a selection of the films from their 2013 festival at the San Juan Island Grange located at 152 N. First Street. Donations appreciated. Keep up-to-date about year-round events and plans for the 2014 FHFF through Facebook, Twitter or newsletter. Or stop by their Office & Hospitality Center at 10 First Street, Friday Harbor. More here...
|5/6/14||Keiko, The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy (Running time: 75min)||7pm|
|5/20/14||Good Food (Running time: 73min)||7pm|
8th Annual Celebration of the Orca Greeting Ceremony
The Whale Museum: Each summer, our resident pods of orca whales come together in what are called “greeting ceremonies.” In this spirit, The Whale Museum invites all orca supporters to our 8th Annual Celebration of the “Orca Greeting Ceremony.”
This Fundraising Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday, May 9 at Brickworks, 150 Nichols St. in Friday Harbor. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour & silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction and dessert auction. For more information, call (360) 378-4710 ext. 30. Continued here...
American Red Cross ‘Real Heroes’ Dinner May 2
Andy Wappler, veteran Northwest broadcaster and President of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, will host the American Red Cross Islands Chapter Real Heroes Dinner on Friday, May 2 at the Port of Anacortes “Transit Shed” Event Center on the water in Anacortes.
The Islands Chapter is proud to honor eight Real Heroes, including a youth group, and two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The awardees come from all parts of the chapter’s wide service area: Fidalgo/La Conner, Whidbey Island, and the San Juans. The evening will also feature a salute to our Fallen Heroes in Washington State in conjunction with the Washington State Gold Star Mothers Chapter.
The annual Real Heroes event is an opportunity for the community to show appreciation and thank these remarkable individuals, and to support the local Red Cross chapter. This is the chapter’s most important fundraiser for disaster relief. The doors open at 6:00 pm, followed by diner at 6:30 pm; the program begins promptly at 7:00 pm on May 2. Tables of eight are available for guests. Community and corporate leaders, families and friends will gather to hear the stories of acts of courage and commitment by “ordinary” people. Video vignettes will introduce the recipients to attendees. Continued here...
3,500 Pounds of Trash Collected During Great Island Clean-Up
Press Release: As co-organizers of the fourth annual Great Island Clean-Up, David Dehlendorf, Jana Marks, Tom Kirshner, and Lori Stokes would like to thank the 225 islanders who participated on April 5, helping to make San Juan Island “litter free by the sea.” A grand total of 3,500 pounds of litter was collected from our roadsides and beaches!
Many groups provided enthusiastic litter-picker-uppers: the Chamber of Commerce, Cutthroat Pirates, Friday Harbor Labs, Friends of the San Juans, Islanders Bank, Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, Lions/Leos, Mitchell Point Litter Ladies, National Park Service, Paideia School, Ravenhill Construction, Rotary, San Juan County Land Bank, Soroptimists/S-Club, Spring Street International School, Stillpoint School, Trash Masters, and Washington State Ferries. These groups were supplemented by the efforts of many individuals who picked up litter near their homes or businesses.
The students from Stillpoint School -- who combed the Town streets between their school and the library, and collected four huge garbage bags full of litter – had this to say: “We love being a part of this event every year! Our loads were lightened when a police officer gave our group a thumbs-up, lots of kind drivers paused to say “thank you,” and truck drivers honked as they went by!” Continued here...
New Scenic Byway ‘Wayshowing’ Signs to be Posted
Press Release: Over ninety San Juan Islands Scenic Byway ‘wayshowing’ signs will be posted on Orcas and San Juan islands during April, eight-and-a-half years since undertaking the grassroots Scenic Byway process in the fall of 2005. The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway became Washington’s newest state byway in the spring of 2009.
Eighty-five metal, 12”x18” logo signs, to be posted during April by Scenic Byway partner San Juan County Public Works, will make it easier for visitors to find designated attractions, parks and amenities along the Byway on both islands. In addition, eight 60”x27” ‘gateway’ signs will be posted at the Anacortes, Orcas Island and San Juan Island/Friday Harbor Washington State Ferries terminals. The signs were made possible via a national scenic byways grant, one of four grants received to date. Continued here...
Duck Soup Inn Opening for Season April 25
Duck Soup Inn re-opens for the season on Friday, April 25th! Duck Soup is an exceptional island restaurant serving fresh, sophisticated Northwest cuisine. The seasonal menus are based on fresh Pacific seafood, island produce, homegrown herbs, and the best quality meats and poultry. They have recently remodeled the kitchen and also have added a communal table in the wine room, so there is room for walk ins and people wanting to grab a glass of wine and an appetizer.
Open since 1975, the restaurant has had a reputation for offering some of the most delicious food and wine in the region and has also received enthusiastic reviews from patrons and various publications including Bon Appétit, Pacific Northwest Magazine, Seattle Times, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, and Fodor's.
To make reservations please call (360) 378-4878. For April they will be open Friday through Sunday 5-10pm. Continued here...
Press Release: The Washington State Transportation Commission has just launched a new survey to evaluate Washington State Ferries (WSF) Performance and we invite you and all members of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) to complete it as soon as possible. The survey has been designed to address requirements in state law which WSF must report on to the Governor and Legislature – your input will go directly to state decision makers. The survey questions focus largely on your experiences and satisfaction using WSF during the current winter period.
Your participation in our FROG surveys has had a direct impact on decisions being made at the state level and are actively reviewed by law makers as they consider possible policy changes and funding approaches for WSF. Feel free to invite other ferry riders to share their opinions of WSF by having them sign up at http://ferryridersopiniongroup.com/ and they will also receive a link to the survey. More here...
WSU Master Gardeners’ Spring Gardening Workshop
The San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners will hold their 2014 Spring Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Friday Harbor Middle School. This year's theme, Sustainable Gardening in Your Own Back Yard, will be a common element in all 15 workshops planned for the day. Keynote speaker, Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flower Farm in Mount Vernon, is a self-taught organic farmer, floral designer, writer and popular blogger (www.floretflowers.com). Erin will talk about her adventures in sustainable flower gardening, from farm to bouquet. Her floral design work has been featured in Sunset, Country Garden, Victoria and Design Sponge magazines.
Throughout the day a variety of excellent speakers will address topics from How to Build a Rain Garden, to Secrets for Growing Tomatoes, Bee Conservation, and Preserving Your Garden's Bounty. Cost for the full-day workshop is $35 pre-registration, or $40 at the door. Tickets can be ordered on line through Brown Paper Tickets. Continued here...
San Juan Island Sunset
Check out this sunset video taken out at South Beach on San Juan Island in March.
Spring Sailing Schedule Starts Sunday 4/6
Washington State Ferries customers are encouraged to plan ahead for the spring sailing schedule and upcoming fare changes. The spring sailing schedule begins on Sunday, April 6, and annual peak-season fare surcharges and new fare increases go into effect May 1. Changes to the spring sailing schedule include opening of the Sidney, B.C./Anacortes route with one round-trip per day and weekend inter-island service.
Customers can pick up the new schedule on board any ferry or at the terminal. Schedules are also available online and through the Washington State Department of Transportation’s iPhone and Android apps. More here...
Spring Flea Market at the Fairgrounds - Call for Vendors
Calling all vendors for the Spring Flea Market at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! The market will be held on Saturday, April 26th. This is an opportunity for vendors of all types including: food vendors, crafters and artists, community organizations looking to fundraise, and family and friends cleaning house. The Fairgrounds Flea Markets are always fun community events full of unexpected treasures. Vendors can obtain applications from the fair office or via email at: email@example.com
Island Stage Left Presents RED
This dynamic and passionate play by John Logan focuses on the period in the painter, Mark Rothko’s life (the late 1950s) when he was working on a number of large murals which were to be hung in The Four Seasons, a luxury restaurant in the Seagram Building, at that time one of the most admired new oﬃce buildings in New York. More here...
Friday Harbor Artist Lives out Dreams through Comic Book Superhero
Despite being born with cerebral palsy, local comic book writer and artist Ammon Walker which he designed, wrote and created as part of a global art contest to “Create-A-Superhero” for legendary Spiderman creator and Talenthouse.com.always wanted to play soccer like his Dad, David D’Errico who played for the Seattle Sounders and was a former Captain of the US Men’s National Soccer Team. Though he relies on both a cane and electric scooter, Aaron lives out his dreams through a soccer playing superhero named
Through Talenthouse.com Aaron has selected artist Addison Rankin to help him bring Ammon's story to comic books and the digital screen. Addison Rankin already has an impressive resume creating artwork for video games, trading card games, comics, storyboards, mobile games, and advertisements. His “Battle of the Trident” was selected as an exemplary submission in HBO’s Game of Thrones Fan Art Challenge that was included in the Game Of Thrones Exhibit in Toronto and New York. He graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2012 and is currently living in Portland, OR where he works as an illustrator and concept artist. ABOVE PHOTO: Addison Rankin and Aaron D’Errico meet. Continued here...
American Red Cross Award for an Outstanding Contribution is Given to the Emergency Dispatchers of San Juan County
The presentation event for the Real Heroes Award of the American Red Cross in the San Juan Islands, The Islands Chapter of the NW Region was on March 12. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.
The 2014 recipients of the Award are the Emergency Dispatchers of San Juan County;
Robin DeLazerda, Dispatch Supervisor, and the Dispatch Team members, Thomas Eades, Ted Granum, Douglas Harmon, Charles McCarty, Michael McElrath, Jessica Peacock, James Pruitt and Michael Rennick.
Attendance: ARC volunteers in San Juan County, Executive Director of Islands Chapter, SJI Emergency Services leaders, representatives of Community Partnerships, the Emergency Dispatchers of San Juan County. More here...
Red Cross Islanders Serving at the Oso Disaster
Eight American Red Cross volunteers from the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross have deployed to the recovery operations responding to the disaster at Darrington and Arlington, Washington.
The following volunteers have been assigned by their skills to administration, nursing, grief counseling, logistics and sheltering for evacuees. They are Ron Conlin, Kate Dahlstedt, Jerry McElyea, Earlene Rothauge, Gloria Sherman, Laura Jo Severson and Sandra Ziemer. The volunteers from San Juan Island are: Jerry McElyea, Earlene Rothauge and Laura Jo Severson. More here...
Weekend BirdingThanks To Monika Wieland of Orca Watcher for this post: For the last few weeks its been nice and sunny during the work week and gray and drizzly on the weekends. It's been the source of much grumbling on the island, but of course it's not enough to keep me from getting out and doing some birding - not this time of year!
The first year bird I have to report I actually saw on the drive home for work - an American kestrel (144) along Beaverton Valley Road. I had also been out trying to find a rufous hummingbird that so many others had been reporting, without much luck. If you can't go to the birds, I thought, why not try to bring the birds to you? I don't know why I hadn't done it earlier, but I put up our hummingbird feeder at home. It took just three hours for a pair of rufous hummingbirds (145) to stake it out! This male spent the better part of the next three days chasing away all other male hummingbirds. He's either moved on or given up since then, but I've still been seeing females visiting regularly. Continued here...
Library Outreach Coordinator Receives Merit Award
San Juan Island Library Press Release: Washington Library Association recognizes outstanding work in English Language Learning. San Juan Island Library outreach coordinator Beth Helstien received the 2014 Merit Award for Advances in Library Services from the Washington Library Association. The award recognizes outstanding work in resurrecting and revitalizing what was a defunct English Language Learning Program into a popular, well-attended, well-staffed, curriculum-guided program.
English Language Learning at the San Juan Island Library provides instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing English to immigrant families. An English instructor works with community volunteers who meet in small groups based on students’ English abilities to learn grammar, pronunciation and idiomatic expression. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm during the Fall and Spring. While parents learn, an enrichment program keeps the children of adult learners busy with homework, reading and craft programs. Continued here...
Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter - Brandon Baney
San Juan Island Fire Rescue Press Release: Brandon Baney has been on San Juan Island for 20 years, coming from Santa Rosa, California with his grandmother when he was five years old. He attended our school system all his life. Computer science was his favorite subject. He enjoyed the challenge. Brandon has a wife, Heather, two children, a boy and a girl. He works in construction with Carlson Enterprises, both here and around the region based on where the job sites are. If all the above isn't challenging enough for a young man, Brandon is presently taking Emergency Medical Technician training here on San Juan Island. He has energy to burn!What brought Brandon to join the San Juan Island Fire and Rescue? He felt he needed something positive in his life--something to keep his blood pumping! First he took the Wildlands Fire Fighting class which is held every June. Continued here...
International Drift Card Study Highlights Cross-Border Oil Spill Risks
Friends of the San Juans Press Release: Look for pink drift cards on beaches in the Salish Sea. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 24th, an international team of conservation groups launched about 650 ‘drift cards’ – biodegradable plywood cards, each with a unique serial number – along the oil tanker route that runs through the Gulf and San Juan islands.
The event, organized by FRIENDS of the San Juans in the US and Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Georgia Strait Alliance in Canada, is part of a larger study to map the path an oil spill might take. The results of the study will help us to understand the impacts of a potential spill on the Salish Sea as a whole. The cards were dropped at locations at higher risk of an accident along the tanker route (Turn Point in Haro Strait and near Bird Rocks in Rosario Strait). They carry a simple message: this could be oil.
Members of the public are being asked to get involved in the research project by staying on the lookout for the pink 4”x6” drift cards on beaches and shores in the Salish Sea. To report a card that you find and view the results of the study to date, visit www.SalishSeaSpillMap.org. To report a card by phone contact 360.378.2319 (US), or (250) 655-1229, extension 227 (BC). Citizens are already reporting cards found on shorelines in Victoria and the San Juan Islands. Continued here...
San Juan Island Fire Rescue Assisting with Oso Mud Slide
County/Town Department of Emergency Management: San Juan Island Fire Rescue has deployed Assistant Chief Brad Creesy and Administrative Assistant Carolyn Hudson to assist with the management of the rescue and recovery efforts at the Oso mud slide. Assistant Chief Creesy will be assisting with planning efforts. Ms. Hudson will be staffing the Finance Section of the Incident Management Team. Their deployment could last as long as 21 days.San Juan Island Fire Rescue participates in this program because those involved gain valuable “real world” experience and are able to make personal connections with people and agencies that would be called upon to help should a major emergency ever strike San Juan County. Continued here...
Proposed Puget Sound No Discharge Zone
Dept of Ecology is requesting public comment on a draft petition for a No Discharge Zone in Puget Sound in Washington State. The proposed no discharge zone would cover the area east of New Dungeness Lighthouse, including the San Juan Islands, Hood Canal, Lake Washington and Lake Union.
The Draft Petition is also being sent to EPA for their input. Please send comments by Monday, April 21, 2014 to: Amy Jankowiak, firstname.lastname@example.org or Washington Department of Ecology Northwest Regional Office Attn: Amy Jankowiak, 3190 160th Ave SE, Bellevue WA 98008.
What is a No Discharge Zone or NDZ? A No Discharge Zone (NDZ) is a designated body of water where the discharge of sewage (blackwater/toilet waste) from boats, whether treated or not, is prohibited. Under existing federal regulations, treated sewage may be discharged anywhere in Puget Sound, and untreated sewage may be discharged as long as the boat is more than three miles from shore. Continued here...
Tires Dumped at Deadman Bay Removed
Press Release from The San Juan County Land Bank: The dozens of tires dumped off the cliff at Deadman Bay Preserve have been cleaned up. Land Bank, Public Works, and Sheriff’s department collaborated in collecting the tires which will be processed as evidence in an ongoing multi-year investigation into illegal dumping. Thanks go out to those who reported the dumping and everyone who rallied behind the cleanup effort! More here...
Latest News on the Spring Street Landing Building
Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: The Port Commission held a Special meeting the evening of March 17th to decide on the architectural design of the Spring Street Landing Building. The Port’s architect, Peter Brachvogel with BC & J Architects, presented to the public audience several roof profiles compared to the old Downrigger’s roof line. He pointed out that the new building’s perpendicular orientation to the street will provide improved views through the site.
After listening to public comments and discussion amongst themselves, the Commission approved the building design that they believe meets the community’s desire for a traditional form. They further directed Mr. Brachvogel to return with drawings illustrating this decision for the Commission to review. Commissioner Chair Mike Ahrenius reiterated to the audience the Commission’s priorities for this project: improve pedestrian and public access to the waterfront, consideration of view corridors, and to recover the previous restaurant and retail space.
Computer-generated drawings are here: March 17, 2014 SSL Building Approved and SSL Building roof profile. Building materials such as siding and windows will be decided at a later date. Continued here...
Time Lapse Flight over the San Juan Islands
Check out this cool time lapse video made by Chris Teren of Teren Photography. He strapped his GoPro on the tail of his Cherokee for this beautiful sunset flight over the San Juan Islands.
SJISD School Bus Accolades
Press Release: San Juan Island school buses have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Washington State Patrol for outstanding school bus safety inspections and have been rated 100% efficient by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for school year 2012-13,
OSPI’s “Efficiency Rating” is one component that the state uses to determine reimbursable funding for transporting students to and from school. Data is gathered though a routine ridership survey that generates a student transportation allocation report, based on the number of school bus riders, the land area covered, road miles driven and the size of the buses that are used.
On San Juan Island, six school buses transport 490 “basic” student riders and 19 special needs student riders to and from school every day from all corners of San Juan Island. “The Transportation crew is very proud of their record.” said District Transportation Supervisor Terresa Sundstrom, “And they should be. They are very professional and conscientious.” Continued here...
2014 Friday Harbor Art Market "Call for Vendors"
The Friday Harbor Art Market, "Artisans on the Plaza", is seeking vendors for its 2014 season. The art market will run every Friday from 3:00-7:00pm, starting June 20 until August 29 at Brickwork Plaza. For more information or an application, email Debbie Pigman at email@example.com or call 360 472-0216. More here...
New County Arts Council Website
Press Release: Artists and art lovers of San Juan County: The San Juan County Arts Council website is up and ready and all we need is you! www.sjcartscouncil.org. If you're an artist in any discipline, e.g. music, visual arts, performance or literary arts, if you have an art gallery or performance venue, there's an Artists Directory for you to enter your description, photos, website link and contact information. Best of all your listing is free. There is also a Calendar of Programs and Events for you to post performances, workshops, classes, and openings.If you are an artist or involved in any way with the arts, please be a part of it. If you want to see what's happening in county arts, please visit it. This website is the only resource for all the arts in San Juan County and has the potential to be of significant benefit to the islands. More here...
Vandalism Spree in Friday Harbor - Reward Offered for Info
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: With the assistance of local businesses and citizens, the Town of Friday Harbor announces the creation of a Reward Fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the extensive property damage within the Town on Saturday or Sunday on the weekend of March 1st. At the time of this release the Town has received Reward contributions totaling in excess of $2,000 earmarked for the individual(s) providing the information needed to solve this case.
The Sheriff has described the damage to be “a spree of senseless vandalism” that occurred late Saturday or early Sunday night. Targets included the Elementary School, Head Start, the pre-school at the Presbyterian Church, Kingdom Hall and the Homes for Islanders project. Much of the damage was done with spray paint and 11 tires were slashed. Elementary school personnel report that the tether balls were cut down and one was burned. If you have information regarding this case please contact the Sheriff’s office at 360-378-4151. Continued here...
Marina Success Linked to Island Economy
Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: The Port of Friday Harbor offers guest marina customers a promotion intended to increase the number of returning boaters to Friday Harbor. If a customer pays for four nights of moorage, they will receive a fifth night free, similar to a coffee punch card. Visitors can use their free boat nights from September through June encouraging boaters to visit Friday Harbor during the shoulder season.
In 2013 the success of this promotion was substantial—the Port issued 367 free nights of moorage. According to professional survey consultants, the average boater spends between $100 to $200 each day at local establishments. During the slow season when boaters redeem their free night of moorage this results in $36,700 to $73,400 of revenue to the island economy. Commissioner Barbara Marrett stated “The Port’s mission is economic development and this is something the Port does for the Town.” 2014 will be the fourth consecutive year the Port will offer this popular boater promotion. Continued here...
San Juan Island Library Launches Mobile App
Press Release: One click access to library information from any internet-capable phone or device. Want to renew a book or place one on hold? We have an app for that. Library hours or locations? We have an app for that. Download an eBook? Find information fast? We have an app for that, too.
The San Juan Island Library has recently launched Library Now, a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any mobile phone or tablet connected to the internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, find events, and more.
What’s Happening with the Sealth?
Press Release from Jim Corenman, Chair, San Juan County FAC: Most of us in the islands are concerned about the ongoing problems with the Sealth, one of our three mainland ferries, which is undergoing lengthy repairs in Anacortes. Understandably, cancellations and late sailings have given rise to a great deal of frustration. There is a tendency to blame Washington State Ferries for not solving the problems quicker, or at least providing another boat that could substitute for the Sealth in the meantime.
Each time Washington State Ferries visits the islands for their semiannual public meetings, we’ve heard David Moseley (Assistant Secretary and head of ferries) repeat the concern that ferries is not financially sustainable. What we may not have understood, until now, is that he was talking about exactly the situation we find ourselves in, with one boat out of service and no adequate replacements available. Continued here...
New San Juan Islands Video Cruising Guide
Local liveaboard cruisers Darren and Lisa O’Brien have created a new series of video cruising guides showcasing the Washington Marine State Parks in the San Juan Islands.
Washington State Parks Cruising Guide DVD Vol. 1 – San Juan Islands contains over 90 minutes of footage, detailing the approaches to each park, amenities and facilities, hiking trails, and more. The video format allows for a far more immersive experience than is possible in a traditional cruising guide. The videos are well done, thoroughly researched, and fun to watch. Below is Darren and Lisa’s take on Blind Island State Park. Continued here...
Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Success Story
From The SeaDoc Society: On Tuesday, February 11, Joan Drinkwin of the Northwest Straits Foundation is coming to Orcas to talk about how the local effort to remove lost fishing nets and crabbing gear has strengthened our local economy and helped recover marine wildlife populations. Over the last decade, the Northwest Straits Initiative has removed 4,605 nets from shallow waters in the Salish Sea, saving the lives of more than 3.5 million marine animals that would have otherwise been entrapped and killed by these nets each year.
And guess what, it's cost-effective. A joint Northwest Straits - SeaDoc Society study revealed that while removing a net cost $1,358, every net removed saves $1,965 each year in Dungeness crab alone, not to mention the salmon, lingcod, birds, and mammals that would have been killed by that net. Continued here...
Library Launches Microsoft IT Academy Membership
Press Release: The San Juan Island Library announced new technology training opportunities at the . The Washington Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) will provide access without charge to a wide range of Microsoft online courses and learning resources. Microsoft IT Academy program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.
The IT Academy will also be available online. Participants may choose to access the coursework at the library or from home computers. Course certification is also available but will need to be paid for by those taking the courses.
With Microsoft IT Academy the library can provide online curriculum on fundamental technology skills. The courses offered are critical to be successful in today’s technologically evolving world. The San Juan Island Library can provide these online classes at no cost to the community, through a partnership developed by the Washington State Library and Microsoft Corporation. Continued here...
IMA Completes Purchase of New Museum Space
Press Release from San Juan Island Museum of Art: The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (known as IMA) recently announced that the organization has completed purchase of the building at 540 Spring Street that was the former home of the island’s Emergency Medical Service. Construction to convert the 5,000 square foot structure into a visual arts museum is scheduled to begin within a few days and to be completed by late June. The museum staff is planning for an opening exhibition to be open to the public over the July Fourth holiday next summer.
Charlie Bodenstab, the acting Executive Director of IMA pointed out that IMA has had full use of the building since entering into a lease-purchase agreement with the Hospital Board last May, this interim period has provided ample time to complete plans, contracts and permits for the project. IMA has concurrently undertaken the process of raising funds to support the costs of purchase and reconstruction. Continued here...
Eagles Build New Nest in American Camp Parking Area
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: Once again a resident bald eagle pair at American Camp are constructing new living quarters in the visitor center parking area. This will be the third nest built in the general vicinity of the center since 1995, according to park records. The nest is conveniently located near the employee parking area and within easy viewing from the visitor center porch.
The initial nest was constructed in 1995 near the top of a Douglas fir located just south of the entrance road about 50 feet from the American Camp parking area, according to Mike Vouri, park chief of interpretation (who arrived the same year). The eagles have been spotted removing limbs from that nest and reseting them into the new one, according to visitor center staff.The first young (two eaglets) were hatched and fledged from the entrance road nest in 1996, and save for 1997 and 1999, the nesting pair had young every year through 2007, totaling 15 eaglets. Continued here...
Sen. Ranker Bill will have Cable, Internet, Landline and Cellular Providers Paying You
OLYMPIA – A bill sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, will bring fairness to the relationship between consumers and their telecommunications providers. Under the Telecommunications Consumer Fairness Act, which is sponsored by Ranker and cosponsored by a broad bipartisan group of 24 fellow lawmakers, telecommunications companies will be required to provide a credit on a consumer’s bill for service outages caused by the company that total more than 12 hours in a monthly billing cycle.
“If a person is late paying their bill, you can bet their cable, internet, cell phone or landline provider will let you know about it,” Ranker said. “Isn’t it only fair that if those same providers fail to provide a service consumers have paid for that the consumers are compensated when that service isn’t provided? I think so and that’s what this bill is about.”
Under the bill, the amount of the credit consumers receive is based on monthly billing and is pro-rated based on the number of days or portions of days of the outage. Failure to provide the billing credit will be a violation of the Consumer Protection act. More here...
Community Fields Agreement
San Juan Island School District is excited to announce that an agreement has been reached with Friday Harbor Athletic Association’s newly formed Friday Harbor Fields Board to amend an existing lease for the development of the community fields located on Carter Street. At a special school board meeting on Friday, January 17th, 2014 the San Juan Island School District Board of Directors agreed to support an amendment that will make possible a donated “Challenge Grant” allowing the project to move forward.The parties understand and agree that this project is being undertaken for the good of the community, and that all parties must to work together to cooperatively complete the project in a timely manner and on budget. Questions can be directed to: Superintendent Rick Thompson, San Juan Island School District, PO Box 458 Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Continued here...
Sunshine Alley Design Project
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: The Town Council has selected a consulting team (Beckwith Consulting Group) to work with Town staff, Sunshine Alley stakeholders, and the public on the development of an urban design plan and program for Sunshine Alley including the backs of buildings and properties that front onto the alley space from the surrounding block.
The urban design planning process will include interviews with property and business owners of the block, focus group sessions with stakeholder interests and organizations, a public charrette, a series of public open houses on plan progress and proposals, a survey of Sunshine Alley customers, and an eventual survey of the public on final plan proposals and implementation particulars. The planning process will start in December and initiate charrettes and open houses beginning in January.
Depending on the outcome of the process, the ultimate plan could include proposals for gateways and wayfinding signage, interconnected interior walkways, outdoor performing and eating areas, water features and artworks, street trees and green walls, children's play areas, and a vertical identifying structure. Continued here...
Friday Harbor Waterfront
Local San Juan County writers who, in partnership with HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, recently launched the "writing our history" project. This project adds stories written by our own local writers and is a countywide collaborative effort to create a body of well-researched and broadly accessible essays on the history of Friday Harbor and San Juan County. A history of Friday Harbor’s waterfront, written by Boyd Pratt is the most recently added story.
Volunteer of the Century Named
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: San Juan Islander Jim Meredith has been a constant in San Juan National Historical Park's living history program, volunteering here for nearly 40 years. We celebrated Jim's service Saturday, Dec. 14th by naming him the "Volunteer of the Century."
There isn't anything he doesn't know about the British Royal Marines. In fact, the Royal Marines declared him (along with his long-time colleague Fred Henley) an honorary member of their corps in 1998. Thank you, Jim, for all that you have done for the park and your community. Literally millions of visitors have enjoyed your exacting (and loving) approach to your craft. More here...
Westcott Bay Land Addition Now Complete with 34 More Acres
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: The conservation and addition of the former Webb property to San Juan Island National Historical Park was recently completed when The Conservation Fund transferred the remaining 34 acres to the park, announced superintendent Lee Taylor.
The NPS acquired the first portion of the 70-acre property last March from The Conservation Fund with support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal land protection program that receives a percentage of proceeds from offshore oil and gas royalties. The U.S. Congress appropriated the LWCF funding in Fiscal Year 2010 with strong support from U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Representative Rick Larsen.The newly protected land, which includes primarily woodlands located along 2,500 feet of pristine shoreline on Westcott Bay, will enable the NPS to enhance the park's educational and recreational offerings at English Camp. Continued here...
Local History Essays Published on HistoryLink
Press Release from Sandy Strehlou Historic Preservation Coordinator, Town of Friday Harbor: Thanks to local San Juan County writers who, in partnership with HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, have launched the "writing our history" project. This project will add our own stories to HistoryLink.org, written by our own local writers, and will be available to more than 5,000 students, teachers, journalists, scholars, government and business researchers, tourists, and general public who come to HistoryLink.org every day. Several new articles have recently been published.
A history of Friday Harbor’s namesake, written by the late Brenda C. Pratt and originally published in the San Juan Historical Museum’s 2003 newsletter, is now included in the People’s History Library on HistoryLink.org. Her article, Thank God It's Still Friday!, can be read here...Pratt’s research authenticates our most storied place name: It is possible that Friday's name was Poalima. He was born on Oahu, in 1830, according to the 1880 San Juan Island Census. His Hawaiian name has been written as "Poalie," though this word has no meaning in the Hawaiian language, and therefore was most probably "Poalima," which translates as "Friday." This would have been his only given name due to his class in Hawaiian society. During his employment with Hudson's Bay Company from 1841 to 1860, he is referred to as "Friday" only. Brenda Pratt. Photo above: Friday Harbor, 1906 J. A. McCormick, Courtesy UW Special Collections. Continued here...
New Anacortes Ferry Terminal Information Tool Launched
Washington State Ferries has just launched a new addition to the Vessel Watch system, it shows the vehicle spaces available at the Anacortes Ferry terminal for the day’s upcoming sailings. The capacity numbers update in real time, and the display is updated as often as every 15 seconds. The background color of the capacity number changes from green, to yellow, to red, as spaces are purchased.
Travelers can now tell exactly how many people have already purchased tickets for a particular sailing, and plan accordingly. Note that for shared boats, the number displayed reflects all vehicles that have purchased tickets for each sailing, so space is not guaranteed for your island if you show up close to the time at which the tickets for the boat have all been purchased. See the new tool in action here: Anacortes Terminal Conditions
Listen to The Whales
The hydrophone node at Lime Kiln State Park is located just southwest of the Lighthouse in about 7 meters of water. The current dual-hydrophone system began streaming live sound on May 14, 2007. The hydrophones were wired up by Val Veirs and attached to existing moorings during a SCUBA dive by David Howitt and Scott Veirs. Continued here...
WSF is One Step Closer to Liquefied Natural Gas Propulsion
Press Release: Official Proposal Submitted to U.S. Coast Guard. Washington State Ferries is another step closer to significantly reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas.
After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to safely convert six Issaquah Class vessels to run on cleaner-burning LNG. The proposal was officially submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 18 in a formal letter of intent (LOI) and waterways suitability assessment (WSA). The submission of the LOI and WSA marks the official starting point of the Coast Guard’s review process. WSF expects the Coast Guard to issue a finding regarding the LNG conversion proposal in 2014.“Fuel is WSF’s fastest growing operating expense,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. “Replacing diesel with LNG on the Issaquah Class ferries could result in very substantial savings on fuel over the remaining 30 years of their service life. This will also mean a cleaner, more efficient future for our fleet by significantly decreasing emissions.” Continued here...
Check out this cool time lapse video made by Chris Teren of Teren Photography of an hour long ferry trip from Anacortes to Friday Harbor.
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