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Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor from the Last week during our county fair the temperature here on the island rose to well over 80 degrees several days in a row. Sadly, those of us working at the Animal Protection Society booth were notified on four separate occasions that people had parked their cars in the lots across the street from the fairgrounds; leaving dogs inside those cars, for periods of over two hours.
In one of those instances, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched and when the car was eventually opened the temperature inside the vehicle registered 90 degrees. This reading was taken five minutes after the doors had been opened and air allowed to circulate. The two dogs inside the car had been left in crates, with no water, for over five hours; windows barely cracked. The lot has no shade. A citation was issued in this case.It is always disturbing and sad to see people show so little regard for their pets, but it is especially tragic in light of the fact that so much information is published and circulated warning people of the dangers associated with leaving pets in cars during warm weather. Continued here...
The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: Ocean Forecast Predicts Seasonal Outlook for the Pacific Northwest
The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Samantha Siedlecki of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m.
As a research scientist for JISAO Samantha Siedlecki will present “Ocean Forecast Predicts Seasonal Outlook for the Pacific Northwest.” JISAO has existed since 1977 for the purpose of fostering research collaboration between the University of Washington (UW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). JISAO's research is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting.The lecture event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (360) 378-4710 ext. 30. The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N. Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. Continued here...
"Know Your Island" Three Lagoon Walk
Saturday, August 27, 1-4 pm. Creatures from the three Lagoons: Join Bill Severson, member of the Trails Committee, on a walk between American Camp's three lagoons: Old Town, Jakle's and Third Lagoon. Explore these fascinating ecosystems and the flora, fauna and history that make them unique. Meet at the Jakle's Lagoon parking lot just past the South Beach Rd intersection in American Camp. This will be an easy two mile walk and dogs on a leash are welcome. Continued here...
Friends of the San Juans to hold Food Web Picnic
Press Release from FRIENDS of the San Juans: Friends of the San Juans is excited to hold a family-friendly Food Web Picnic on August 30! The event will be on Tuesday, August 30, at Jackson Beach on San Juan Island from 4 to 6 p.m.
At the event, children will explore the animal habitats at and around Jackson Beach and will earn their Coastal Food Web Investigator badge. Participants can bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach following the scavenger hunt. The event is geared towards those ages 5 to 10 years old, but all ages are welcome to join. More here...
Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar Now Open
Press Release: Black Fish Bistro & Martini Bar officially opened Wednesday, August 17, and features farm-to-fork and tide-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine with a rustic French flair.
The Bistro seats approximately 40 customers upstairs and downstairs, will be open from 5:00-11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and is located in the alley off First Street, opposite The Bean. There are plans to open for lunch as soon as more staff are hired.
Menu items include local seafood (oysters, clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, salmon, etc.), warm and cold bistro salads, gourmet sandwiches, steak pomme frites, a dessert selection, and more. Local, featured farms include Blue Moon Produce, Jones Family Farms, Mama Bird Farm, Imagine Organics Farm, and others in the future.
The upstairs craft cocktail bar will serve martinis ranging from classic to sweet, as well as old and new world wines, and local and regional beer, cider and spirits. Continued here...
State Asks You to Check Trees for Invasive Forest Pests
Press Release from Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office: Four state agencies and a university are asking residents to check trees in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August. August is the peak time of year to find invasive bugs like Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer and other aggressive wood-boring insects.
“Invasive insects can destroy Washington’s forests.” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Washington Invasive Species Council. “In Washington, more than 22 million acres of forests are at risk from invasive insects and disease. We need everyone’s assistance to prevent these damages in Washington State.”
The Washington Invasive Species Council, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and Washington State University Extension are asking residents to take ten minutes to go outside and inspect their trees. Invasive wood boring insects typically emerge from trees in August. Experts also suggests that all pool owners should check their pool skimmers and filters for the invasive bugs. Emerging adult insects often end up as debris collected in pool filters. Continued here...
Pet of the Week
Press Release from the
Can you imagine how scary it must be to launch yourself on your first flight? You are perched on the edge of your nest, high off the ground, and have to throw yourself into the air with only a vague idea how the steering and brakes work.
I thought of this as I watched the young Ospreys at British Camp flapping and exercising their wings in preparation for their first flight, but it is true for some other birds of prey too. Songbirds tend to work up to it more gradually by hopping out of the nest onto nearby branches and flapping and fluttering around for a while before they fly any distance. Raptor fledglings also do lots of wing flapping to build up their muscles but don’t always have the option of a short training flight to a nearby branch. For an eaglet in a nest near the top of a tall tree or a Peregrine youngster on a cliff ledge, it is a giant leap. Continued here...
"A River of Migration" Installation by Gu Xiong at SJIMA
Press Release from the San Juans Islands Museum of Art: Comparing his own migration with that of the salmon, Chinese Canadian multi-media artist Gu Xiong will install “A River of Migration” in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art’s (SJIMA) Atrium Gallery.
Installation: August 1 to August 5. The community is invited to observe. Exhibition opens Saturday, August 6 and closes Monday, November 28, 2016.
Continuing SJIMA’s Art as a Voice series, Gu Xiong will give a lecture / multimedia presentation "A River of Migration", August 3, 7:30 PM at the San Juan Community Theatre in Friday Harbor.“My mixed-media installation ‘A River of Migration’ focuses on the rich symbolism embodied in socks and salmon, expressing my spiritual rebirth. When I saw the salmon spawning in the river and streams in the Fraser Valley, I was really moved by their life. I feel a deep connection between their experience and my own. Continued here...
San Juan Summer Art Festival 2016
Every Friday from August 5 through August 26, 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. Brickworks 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor. The first annual San Juan Summer Arts Festival kicks off August 5th and continues every Friday in August.
The Festival features artists, food vendors, and musicians from San Juan County and the surrounding area. Featuring both a Beer Garden and larger musical acts in the evening, the Festival provides locals and visitors with a chance to experience the artistic and musical talent of the islands during some of the region’s best summer weather.
The Festival is sponsored by the San Juan County Arts Council (SJCAC) and individual contributors from the area.
For more information call Claire Wright: 505-702-6796.
Town of Friday Harbor Seeks Artists’ Proposals for Park Bench Sculptures
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for a park bench sculpture project sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located at, on, or in association with an existing park bench at one of three locations on Spring Street. The selected artwork will be available for sale while on display. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2016.
The proposal application states that the artwork is intended to add beauty and interest to a park bench and the downtown core, and to provide an opportunity for local or area artists to display their work in a public venue. The sites have been selected by the FHAC based on their high visibility by vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Additional sites may be selected in the future.
According to the published FHAC guidelines, the art selection process will include forming a sub-committee of Commissioners and community representatives who will review the submissions and present selected proposals to the public for comment at an open forum. “The FHAC continues to demonstrate our commitment to include the community in the public art selection process,” said Commissioner Diane Martindale. She explained that the commission wants all interested citizens to voice their opinions and share in the excitement of bringing more art into the town. Continued here...
Stream Corridor and Salmon Spawning Habitat Protected
Press Release from the San Juan County Land Bank: The San Juan County Land Bank recently acquired 24 acres on the lower reaches of Cascade Creek near Olga on Orcas Island. Washington State Salmon Recovery Funds made the purchase possible, ensuring the preservation of a unique 2,100’ stretch of riparian corridor with adjacent upland forest.
“Coho and chum salmon utilize the lower 300 feet of the Creek for spawning and Chinook juveniles forage there as well,” explains Land Bank Director, Lincoln Bormann. “It is arguably the most important freshwater salmon habitat in the islands at this time, and we are very pleased to play a role in protecting such a significant resource for the people of San Juan County.”
The Cascade Creek watershed originates at the top of Mt. Constitution and includes Mountain Lake in Moran State Park. Conservation of this property builds on Washington Water Trust’s and other partners' efforts to secure adequate year-round water flow to the Creek and salmon recovery funding to rebuild Buck Bay bridge to allow passage for salmon. Continued here...
Music in The Park Summer Concert Series 2016
July 1 – September 4 – Summer Concert Series “”. This is the sixteenth year the Port of Friday Harbor has hosted this great music event at the Port's . Enjoy free music concerts on Friday evenings at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Bring a picnic, relax and listen to local and regional music as you gaze out at the harbor, watching ferries, boats and seaplanes come and go. Sponsored by the Port of Friday Harbor. Check the schedule here for performers...
After two months of intensive care at the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Friday Harbor, this female Bald Eagle is flying free again. She was first spotted in May by residents of the False Bay area of San Juan Island dragging a heavy steel leg hold trap on one of her talons. The eagle was soon caught by Wolf Hollow staff so they could remove the trap and perform an exam to assess injuries. She was thin and weak, and her tail feathers were extremely dirty and broken.
After the trap was removed, it was clear that the jaws of the trap had smashed the bone in the middle toe of her left foot. The surrounding tissue was also dead. Dr. Susan Besel, DVM, in Friday Harbor removed the damaged section of the toe and the eagle returned to recover at Wolf Hollow. Skilled rehabilitation staff carefully monitored and cared for her during the next two months to help her regain her strength.
Now fully recovered, she was released back into the wild this morning near Pile Point on San Juan Island. After an initial short flight and a few moments of rest, the eagle finally flew away, soaring high and disappearing into the foggy sky toward False Bay. Continued here...
Washington Boaters Reminded to Clean, Drain, Dry Boats to Stop Invasive Species
Press Release from Susan Zemek, Recreation & Conservation Department: OLYMPIA – As summer weather heats up in Washington and boaters prepare for more adventures on the water, the Washington Invasive Species Council would like you to remember: Clean. Drain. Dry.
Invasive species are non-native animals, plants, microorganisms and pathogens that can out-compete or prey on Washington’s existing wildlife, harming the environment, human health and businesses. They come to Washington on car tires, on boat hulls and motors, on hikers’ boots, by wind and sea and many other ways. Some of the worst live in the water.
“There are many ways that we accidentally introduce and move invasive species from one waterway to another,” said Justin Bush, executive coordinator of the Washington State Invasive Species Council. “The best way to prevent introductions is to remember the mantra ‘Clean-Drain-Dry.’ Continued here...
How can Islanders save 77 Million Gallons of Water this Year?
By Lauren Platman, FRIENDS of the San Juans: With summer underway, some islanders are already feeling the heat-and the drought. Some wells are already being starved of fresh water, which makes the rainy autumn season seem a long way off. As climate change affects our region, including our water tables, adopting climate resilient strategies for a sustainable future is critical. Islanders can do their part by conserving resources from water, to food, to energy. This April many islanders did just that, joining Friends in doing “Just One” earth friendly activity a day, to see how making simple changes can add up to significant resource conservation.Over 50 islanders, including students, took on the Earth Month challenge in April to help make the San Juan Islands a healthy, resilient, and thriving community. Citizens tracked their actions, and Friends quantified the results. By doing things like walking instead of driving, taking shorter showers, shopping locally, replacing red meat with vegetables or chicken, and unplugging electrical strips when not in use, participants led the way in making our Island community more sustainable. Continued here...
NOAA Killer Whale Patrols Begin in San Juan Islands
Press Release from the NOAA: NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) will soon begin seasonal summer patrols in Haro Strait around Washington’s San Juan Islands. Officers will be enforcing special Federal regulations designed to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales by keeping boat traffic at a safe distance from the whales.
This is the sixth year implementing NOAA Fisheries’ regulations that require whale watching vessels and most other vessels to remain at least 200 yards away from the killer whales and to keep their path clear so they are protected from disturbance by boat traffic. NOAA Fisheries identified vessel traffic noise as one of three key threats to the whales. This year the Agency is reviewing how effective the regulations have been at protecting the whales.
Research has found that these endangered killer whales spend more time traveling and less time foraging when vessels, including small craft such as kayaks, are present, according to NOAA Fisheries’ 10-year report on the Southern Residents. These whales also change their behavior by increasing their activity at the surface, including swimming in more erratic patterns, when vessels are close. Continued here...
San Juan Island Farmers' Market
San Juan Island Farmers' Market runs every Saturday 10-1pm, April 2016 until October, 2016. The Market is your source for beautiful and bountiful island produce, fine crafts, and delicious prepared foods and is looking mighty fine these days. It is always incredible to see the variety of fruits and vegetables our local farmers coax out of the Northwest earth.
Agriculture is not just an ornament on our landscape, its bounty is no mere tourist attraction at the market. The food you buy from these hard working people is a testament to island sustainability, good agricultural and business practice, and the highly serious topic of how we feed ourselves in an ever changing world. The simple gesture of supporting the market contributes so much to our community, our economy and our landscape.
So come fill your market basket with local products and tap your toes to the music of the market band and guest musicians. The Farmers' Market on Facebook
Firewise Communities Benefit From Grant
Press Release from San Juan Island Fire & Rescue: The Firewise Communities program sponsored by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue has been awarded a grant by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) to assist with fuel reduction in organized communities.
The new grant from WA DNR will pay the Firewise Community’s share of the chipper rental making it free to a Firewise Community between now, June 21, 2016, and the end of July.
In the past the San Juan Island Fire & Rescue and Firewise Communities have partnered to share the cost of making a chipper available, with the SJIF&R paying one half of the rental fee and the Firewise Community the other half. SJIF&R is committed to make this program available through the fall. The “no cost” opportunity will run through July. Continued here...
Ham Radio Operators Recognized By County Council
Press Release: Friday Harbor, WA – On Tuesday June 7th, the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society (SJCARS) was recognized by the County Council for their service to the island community. The recognition stated: “From phone outages, to regular drills, to preparing for catastrophic events, the amateur radio community is a tremendous resource. We gratefully acknowledge the important contribution to our community that your expertise, time, energy and enthusiasm provide to help meet a vital public need”.
While SJCARS President Jim Hooper K9QJS was representing the group at the Council meeting, other members were busy with the exact activates which gained them the recognition. On Tuesday morning The Cascadia Rising statewide earthquake exercise kicked off at 9 AM and the Hams were soon in action. The radio operators requested the delivery of emergency medical supplies to the islands through the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. The Hams later tracked the progress of the National Guard helicopter making the deliveries to Eastsound and Friday Harbor. Continued here...
APSFH Volunteer of the Month
Press Release from the The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Mike Halette has been named Volunteer of the Month. Mike is regular visitor to the shelter where he walks dogs, visits with cats and helps out with odd jobs around the facility. Mike can always be counted on to help out at events and fundraisers, too. On behalf of the staff and board of directors at APS-FH, Thanks very much, Mike!
Volunteers like Mike make a huge difference in the lives of shelter animals and we appreciate their time and compassion so much! If you’d like to join the volunteer team at the animal shelter, contact Stephanie Zamora at 378-2158.
Town seeks Proposals for Allocation of Lodging Tax Grant Funds to Promote 2017 Tourism
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2017. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the spring and fall shoulder seasons. Summer activities are acceptable; however applicants are advised to give careful and strategic thought to the scheduling of their events to avoid what are recognized as high traffic weekends.
The grants are awarded annually and are funded with the State’s Hotel Motel Tax collected on all lodging stays of less than 30 days in length within the Town. Funds must be used to promote tourism within the Town of Friday Harbor. Grant proposals are reviewed by the LTAC which is made up of council members, lodging owners, and community members appointed by the Mayor. The LTAC then provides recommendations to the Town Council on how to allocate the grant funds. Continued here...
Old Postcards of the San Juans
We have compiled a pretty good collection of cool old postcards of Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor and the San Juan Island islands, see them all here...
Hiyu Ferry to be Retired and Sold
Press Release from After nearly 50 years of service, Washington's Hiyu ferry has officially become part of history and sailed into retirement.
It was in 1967, as the United States celebrated its first Super Bowl, that the Hiyu joined the Washington State Ferries fleet. At only 162 feet long, the Hiyu is debatably the most beloved ferry in WSF's history because of its petite size.
Population growth in the Puget Sound region and greater demand for ferries means the ferry system has outgrown the Hiyu. With a maximum capacity of only 199 passengers and 34 vehicles, a lack of ADA accommodations and high maintenance costs, Washington State Department of Transportation officials decided it is time for the 49-year-old vessel to officially retire."What makes the Hiyu so cute is also what makes it impractical for Washington State Ferries," said Washington State Ferries Chief of Staff Elizabeth Kosa. Continued here...
New Fault Discovered in the Salish SeaPress Release from The SeaDoc Society: Seafloor mapping is a critical tool for understanding ocean habitats. As you can imagine, the seafloor is really hard for most people to see without mapping tools. But Dr. Gary Greene of SeaDoc’s Tombolo mapping lab knows that seafloor mapping also has other merits, such as uncovering faults that could cause earthquakes.
Dr. Greene and his Canadian collaborator Dr. Vaughn Barry recently revealed, in detail, a 125km-long series of faults that run from Washington to Victoria associated with the Devil’s Mountain Fault Zone. Devil’s Mountain Fault image above by Dr. Gary Greene.
Islanders Walk Over 1,000 Miles with their Dogs to Raise Money for Animal Shelter!
Press Release from the It’s a well-known fact that folks here on San Juan Island love their dogs. This week marked over 1000 miles walked over the last six months by island residents and their dogs using a smart phone application called, Wooftrax; every mile walked raising money for The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor.
The Wooftrax “Walk for a Dog” program is a downloadable program that can be installed on any smart phone. The app keeps track of how many miles the user walks their dog or an animal shelter dog as a volunteer. Best of all, the program is designed as a fund raising mechanism for animal shelters and rescue groups. Walk for a Dog is a simple, year-round app that promotes healthy interaction between dogs and their owners, and raises money every day to support the mission of animal shelters and rescue organizations. It also gives people a reason to think about their local animal organization every time they take their dogs for a walk.
The Salmon Bank at South Beach
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: Before there was the South Beach, known and loved by San Juan Islanders and visitors from around the world as a summer picnic ground and a spot to watch winter storms, there was the Salmon Bank. And for thousands of years, it was a place to make a living. Spanish explorers during expeditions up the Strait of Juan de Fuca conducted 1790-1792 reported "...an incredible quantity of salmon and numerous Indians."
Fifty years later, in October 1853, James Alden of the U.S. Coast Survey enthused about the maritime resources. "Salmon abound in great quantities at certain seasons of the year, when the water in every direction seems to be filled with them…The Hudson's Bay Company has a fishing establishment at San Juan … where I am informed they have put up this season 600 barrels of salmon."
Not one month later Vancouver Island Gov. James Douglas wrote London that "...These islands are exceedingly valuable, not only on account of their relative position to Vancouver Island, but also from the fact that their shores and inlets abound with salmon and other fish which form a productive export and an inexhaustible form of great wealth." Continued here...
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: Thousands of tankers and cargo ships transit the Salish Sea each year like an endless run of behemoth, bunker-fueled salmon. With new and expanding terminals proposed on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border (to export coal, oil, and natural gas to Asia), the number of megaships using our waters is set to climb dramatically.
More ships and terminals mean more underwater noise likely to affect orcas, an increased risk of vessel strikes and catastrophic spills, and the yet-unknown effects of coal dust on sh and plant life. While each project is being evaluated independently, no one had looked at the big picture.
So SeaDoc and the Swinomish Tribe researched threats coming from all of the U.S. and Canadian projects combined. After all, oil spills don’t respect national borders, and it doesn’t matter to a humpback whale whether it’s hit by a ship carrying American coal or Canadian crude.
By studying the potential effects of six different projects on 50 critical species, we showed that each is likely to harm a multitude of species. The more ships and terminals added, the greater the problem, and there’s a chance the total impact would be even greater than the sum of each project’s damage combined. This is exactly why we need to be looking on both sides of the border, at all projects, at the same time. Continued here...
Canadian / US Failure of Collaboration Puts Salish Sea at Risk
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: “We need to deal with the impacts of new energy projects at the level of the ecosystem, not just project to project,” says wildlife veterinarian Dr. Joe Gaydos, lead author of a new paper analyzing the combined threats posed by six fossil fuel transportation projects in the Salish Sea.
The new study by SeaDoc and the Swinomish Tribe was recently published in the international journal PLoS ONE. What did they find? Canada and the US need to do a better job collaborating on Salish Sea issues.
The study evaluated the threats posed by each project to 50 species that are important to the Coast Salish people. These include endangered humpback and killer whales, and key food species including seaducks, salmon, clams, and Dungeness crabs.
Gaydos says, “When you look at these projects cumulatively, they have a high possibility of affecting the Coast Salish and everybody else. The environmental impact statements aren’t looking at the threats collectively.”
Although the Salish Sea is an integrated ecosystem, it is shared by Washington, British Columbia, and indigenous Coast Salish governments. When US and Canadian governmental bodies evaluate proposed developments, they rarely take into account projects occurring outside of their jurisdictions. Continued here...
UAV Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail
Press Release from the NOAA: Unmanned aerial vehicle allows scientists to study killer whale health and reproduction while also offering a glimpse into the family life of these social animals. One of the populations of killer whales that spends part of the year around the San Juan Islands north of Seattle is called the Southern Resident killer whales, and they’re very endangered. There are only 81 of them left in the wild. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that 81 is five more than there were last year. There was a baby boom among the Southern Residents recently, and for a population of this size, five new individuals is a very big deal.
In this video podcast we’ll look at several amazing photographs that give us a glimpse not only of some of the new calves, but also of the family lives of these social animals. The photos were taken with an unmanned aerial vehicle, and to help us understand the photos we have one of the scientists who took them On the Line with us today. Continued here...
Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections: A 43 Percent Increase
Press Release from FRIENDS of the San Juans: San Juan County, WA – If all the new and expanding terminal and refinery projects in the Salish Sea are permitted and developed, including projects that became operational in 2014, there would be a 43 percent increase in large, commercial marine vessel traffic.
FRIENDS of the San Juans and San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping have released the Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections featuring 18 new or expanded proposed or recently completed projects, which cumulatively would add an additional 5,300 annual vessel transits to and from ports in British Columbia and Washington State.
The Salish Sea includes the international Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, Boundary Pass and southern Georgia Strait; Washington State’s Puget Sound and San Juan Islands; and British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and Strait of Georgia. The Salish Sea also includes critical habitat for species listed as endangered in both Canada and the US including the Southern Resident Killer Whale, Chinook salmon, rockfish and marbled murrelet. Continued here...
The Campaign to Save Mount Grant
: The San Juan Preservation Trust announces the launch of a major fundraising campaign to create a new nature preserve in the heart of San Juan Island. The Campaign to Save Mount Grant, if successful, will permanently protect one of San Juan’s most valuable gems and make it accessible to the public.
The 141-acre property, valued for years by locals as a hiking destination, was identified on historic maps as “Mt. Grant” as late as 1920. Known by various names since then, it was most recently marketed as the “Lawson Ridge” residential community. The property hosts important native plant and animal habitat, lush wildflower meadows, serene hiking trails, and, with some improvements, easy road access to the summit so that people of all ages and physical ability can enjoy the spectacular, 360-degree views. From the top, one can gaze northeast to Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters, southeast down into San Juan Valley and Lopez Island, and north/northwest to Stuart Island and beyond to the Canadian Gulf Islands. Continued here...
New Non-Profit for Animals in Need
Press Release from Julie Duke: Island Haven Animal Sanctuary's mission is to provide lifetime care and sheltering for animals who, while still able to lead a quality life, are unable to find homes due to old age, chronic illness, handicaps, temperament issues or other factors, or who have been rescued from neglect and/or abuse situations and require rehabilitation.
However, before we can provide a home for these special animals, we have to find a forever home for the Sanctuary. Donating it would be a great tax write-off for someone, or leasing it to us in-kind or for a reasonable amount are also options. Ideally it would be at least five acres, have fenced pastures, a barn and/or stables, running water and electricity, and either a small home or ability to put a trailer on it so a human caregiver can stay there if an animal needs around the clock care. So, if you or someone you know has such a location, please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-472-1040.
This all began about a month ago when I answered a Facebook post to adopt three senior horses (two of them have never been ridden, one not in the last twenty years). Continued here...
A little History: English Camp
A little history from the NPS: When Great Britain and the United States in 1859 agreed to a joint occupation of San Juan Island until the water boundary between the two nations could be settled, it was decided that camps would be located on opposite ends of the island.
Shortly after the British and American governments affirmed Lieutenant General Winfield Scott’s proposal to jointly occupy San Juan Island, the Royal Navy started looking for a home for its British Royal Marine Light Infantry contingent. Capt. James Prevost, commander of H.M.S. Satellite, selected the site on Garrison Bay, 15 miles northwest of American Camp, from among seven finalists.
Roche described the ground as "well-sheltered, has a good supply of water and grass, and is capable of affording maneuvering ground for any number of men that are likely to be required in that locality..." He added that a trail, 11 miles long, led from this area to the Hudson’s Bay farm at Bellevue. Continued here...
Check out these cool time lapse videos made by Chris Teren of Teren Photography.
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