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Know Your Islanders Talks presents: Jim Stegall

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 5:50 am by

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Jim Stegall and Emilio - Contributed photo

Jim Stegall and Emilio – Contributed photo

Meet Jim Stegall who walked with a fellow legally-blind man from the top [of] Columbia, S.A., to the southern-most tip of Argentina. Using their white canes while leaving their sighted wives at home, they fulfilled a long-held dream.

Hear Jim’s story of their travels, illustrated by maps and pictures. This presentation is sponsored by the San Juan Island Trails Committee in conjunction with the library. Light refreshments will be served.

Know Your Islanders Talks, Monday, February 2nd at 6:30pm
San Juan Island Library Main Salon.

Government 101 with Duncan Wilson

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 5:45 am by

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Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson - Contributed photo

Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson – Contributed photo

Do you know how local government works? Do you care? One way or another, we all have to interact with our local government agencies at some time. Here is your opportunity to learn how it all works.

On Monday, February 9, 2015, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans will host Duncan Wilson, Friday Harbor Town Administrator, who will deliver his talk “Government 101”.

In addition to talking about Friday Harbor, he will talk about the structure of local government in general, relating that to federal and state systems. He will also talk about both Town and County issues, revenue sources and expenditures, commissions and committees. There is a lot to learn.


Please join us. The meeting will be held at the SJI Library Conference Room from Noon to 2:00 pm.

Knowledge Bowl 2015

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 5:49 am by

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The 21st annual Knowledge Bowl will be held on Tuesday February 10th, at the Community Theatre. The competition begins at 7 PM. Three student teams (FHMS 8th graders, FHHS freshmen/sophomores and FHHS juniors/seniors) go head to head with four local service group teams: Kiwanis, Soroptimists, Lions, and Rotary. The four-man teams will match wits to answer tricky trivia questions on a broad range of topics.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and our fabulous FHHS Jazz Band will begin performing at 6:45. The event is emceed again this year by Brent Snow, SJI School Board Member, with more Jazz Band entertainment. The FHHS PTA will be offering baked treats in the lobby before and during the event.

The Knowledge Bowl is presented each year by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation. Through its main fundraising events, the Phone-a-Thon and Business Partnership Program in the school directory, the Foundation this year has raised almost $90,000 to supplement our local public education needs. Since 1994, community support of the SJJPF mission now totals over one million dollars.

Tickets for this fun family event are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and are available at the door the night of the event. Come and cheer on your favorite team!


Call for Poetry Submissions

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 5:28 am by

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land_bank_logoSan Juan County Land Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary

What inspires you to get outside? In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, the Land Bank invites the community to submit nature themed poems for a poetry trail!

The Land Bank, along with its partners, SJI Library, SJI National Historical Park, SJI Trails Committee, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (F.O.L.K.S.), will display poems along trails through SJC Land Bank’s Limekiln and Deadman Bay Preserves, Lime Kiln Point State Park, and at American Camp in the SJI National Historical Park during the month of April.

Poems can be anything from haiku to rhyming to free verse, original work or a favorite published author, but must be 14 lines or less, due to layout restrictions. All ages welcome!

Poems can be dropped off (printed on 8 ½ x 11 paper) to the SJI Library front desk or emailed to clacher [@] sjlib [.] org. Poems must have the author and title in order to be accepted; original works are highly encouraged as the Land Bank would love to hear how the outdoors inspires Islanders!

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 21st, with a maximum of 30 poems to be chosen.

For more information, phone Tanja at 360-370-7655.

Bunny Needs Your Help

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 5:23 am by

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This cute little dog "Bunny" could use your help - Contributed photo

This cute little dog “Bunny” could use your help – Contributed photo

Here’s a note from the Animal Shelter…

Island resident and animal lover, Suzanne Bryner, was traveling through California during the holidays when she came across little Bunny wandering near the railroad tracks; cold, emaciated and frightened. She was traveling with her own dog, “Foxy”, who isn’t good with other dogs, so she had no choice but to leave Bunny at the local dog pound in Modesto where she would be kept for seven days and then euthanized if not claimed or adopted.

Suzanne didn’t forget about Bunny…she made contact with a group called, “Getting ‘Em Home Transport” and with the help of several of the organization’s volunteers, over the course of three days, Bunny made her way up the I-5 corridor, driven in three or four hour shifts and finally delivered to Everett where Suzanne picked her up and brought her to the island.

Bunny is currently at the Animal Shelter in Friday Harbor, awaiting extensive surgery on her ears, which are full of benign tumors that are beginning to impact her respiratory system. The surgery will be done at a specialty veterinary hospital in Kirkland in about two weeks, and Suzanne and the animal shelter are able to pay for part of Bunny’s medical expenses, but need help raising funds for the operation which is estimated to run about $3500.

An account has been set up with GO FUND ME, a crowd-funding website. Those who wish to donate any amount, large or small for Bunny’s surgery can visit:

Fishing Derby ON

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 11:14 pm by

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We had a scare earlier that the Fishing Derby was to be cancelled, but then this email came in from Roche Harbor saying it is back on. Here’s Debbie Sandwith with the news…

YES ~ got the call tonight; WDFW will send press release out tomorrow morning, BUT, we got the call and the Roche Harbor Derby is NOT CANCELLED.

Look forward to seeing all of you next week ~ please spread word that the Roche Harbor Derby is GO TIME!
2/5 Thursday Registration
2/6 &2/7 Friday and Saturday we Fish!

We will call each Team Captain to make sure EVERY ANGLER has the good news!

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 5:53 am by

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Mike MacLellan is this month's Volunteer Firefighter - Sheila Harley photo

Mike MacLellan is this month’s Volunteer Firefighter – Sheila Harley photo

Sheila Harley reports on this month’s Volunteer Firefighter…

If you ask any little boy what he wants to be when he grows up, many times the answer will be, “I want to be a firefighter when I grow up!” As far back as Mike MacLellan remembers, he has always wanted to be a firefighter.

When he lived in Folsom, California, one had to go to school to be a paid firefighter, which did not fit Mike’s lifestyle at the time. When he came back to the Island, after being away for some twenty years, Vern Long, then the town of Friday Harbor’s Fire Chief, asked Mike to volunteer and Mike jumped at the chance. He was with the Town of Friday Harbor Fire Dept. for three years, transferring to San Juan Island Fire Rescue at its inception in 2006.

Mike founded and works at MJM Home Services. He is a licensed contractor and can turn his hand to almost any job that needs doing. His wife, Elizabeth, is a member of SJIFR’s Logistics team. They have two dogs.

Volunteering is Mike’s joy. He loves helping people. Read More »

Pet of the Week

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 5:46 am by

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SnoopyMe: Single Black Male, six years old. Libra, with Pisces Rising. Shy at first, but with patience and a few scratches under my chin I’m putty in your hands.

Likes: Canned cat food, belly rubs, Temptations cat treats, a nice fluffy bed, the poetry of Robert Frost, most early Springsteen and anything by Marvin Gaye.

Dislikes: Country line dancing, feng shui, self-help books and game shows.

Vital Stats: Neutered, up to date on vaccines, no overdue library books.

You: Kind with a big heart, soft lap and indoor plumbing. Must like cuddling and giving belly rubs. (Did I mention I LOVE belly rubs?) Need not be an exclusive relationship – I don’t mind sharing the love with other cats and well-mannered dogs.

I’m not into speed dating, but would love to spend some quality time getting to know you before I consider going home with you. Stop by the Animal Shelter and ask for me, “Snoopy”.


Patient’s Bill of Rights

Written on January 26, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan County’s Board of Health adopted a revised Patient Bill of Rights at their regularly scheduled Board meeting December 19, 2014. The Patient Bill of Rights was generated to address concerns expressed by county residents regarding the delivery of health care services throughout San Juan County. The Board adopted the document after significant discussion  Continue Reading

Niki Truesdale Medical Fund

Written on January 26, 2015 at 5:13 am, by

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  Continue Reading


FHHS Community Service Projects

Written on January 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm, by

The second semester FHHS 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. This is a great opportunity for a “win-win” partnership between students and local organizations. If you have a  Continue Reading


Native Plant Sale and Expo, March 21st

Written on January 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm, by

The Master Gardener Foundation and the San Juan Islands Conservation District bring you the 2015 Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo. Pre-ordered plants pick-up will be March 21st on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Islands from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. Join us for the Expo from 9:00 – noon! San Juan Island – County Fairgrounds  Continue Reading


Shipwreck Communities

Written on January 24, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

The next Arthur Whiteley Lecture will take place at 7 pm in the Commons at UW Friday Harbor Labs on January 29th: Derek Smith presents Shipwrecks: Artificial Habitats for Marine Communities. Derek Smith is a Ph.D. student at UW Friday Harbor Labs and an accomplished diver and underwater photographer. Much of his research has been  Continue Reading


CANCELLED – Help with Health Insurance Enrollment

Written on January 23, 2015 at 11:40 am, by

This just in. This event has been cancelled… Hi, My name is Cindy Gutierrez and I am with the SJI Family Resource Center. We [were] going to be hosting a group session at the Library on Saturday, January 24th to assist people in enrolling for health care. This event has been cancelled. Thank you, Cindy  Continue Reading

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men - Richard Phibbs photo

Of Mice And Men

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:47 am, by

A landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men is our next National Theatre Live in HD THIS Monday, January 26 at 7 pm. Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit 2014 Broadway production  Continue Reading


County Residents – Sign Up Now for Summer Camping!

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Want to camp out on San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw Island this summer? Have an RV and want to camp close to Friday Harbor? This year, the popular County Parks ‘residents only’ early reservation program offers San Juan County residents a chance to make their prime-time summer camping reservations between January 12th & February 26th.  Continue Reading


Animal Shelter Notices

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s a couple of announcements from the animal shelter… The animal shelter has a couple of great barn cats for anyone who can provide a good indoor/outdoor environment. The animal shelter is looking for a volunteer to help in the office one or two hours a week. Contact Jan at 378-2158 for more information.

Merri Ann Simonson

San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

Written on January 23, 2015 at 5:23 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson has another local Real Estate report for you… 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  Continue Reading

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Get Started Using Computers

Written on January 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm, by

The San Juan Island Library partners with Skagit Valley College to offer four workshops on using PC computers. Four consecutive Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the College, taught by Library staff. The first session is for the novice: you’ll get comfortable with the components, what you are looking at on the screen, using the cursor  Continue Reading

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Improved Airport Trail

Written on January 22, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

The northern end of the American Camp Trail from Spring Street through airport property has been re-opened and improved following construction of the new hangar. What was for a time a muddy mess has now been covered with a thick layer of gravel by the subcontractor J & M Excavation. Interim airport operations manager Stuart  Continue Reading


Out With the Doldrums…

Written on January 22, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

“Out with Winter doldrums– in with some fresh air for Springtime!” 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. With Valentine’s Day and Easter fast approaching, it’s time to awaken your inner craftsperson and  Continue Reading


Trail Volunteers Wanted

Written on January 22, 2015 at 5:33 am, by

The Land Bank is partnering with the San Juan Island Trails Committee on the development of the American Camp trail – a path linking Friday Harbor with American Camp National Park. We will be hosting work parties in January and February to build just over a quarter mile of new trail along Cattle Point Road  Continue Reading

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