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Friends Request Help Finding Pink Cards For Oil Spill Study

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 5:15 am, by

FRIENDS launched “this could be oil” wooden drift cards in the Salish Sea last week to simulate where an oil spill originating in the shipping lanes surrounding the San Juan Islands might end up.  If the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline in BC is permitted, shipping traffic from just that project will go from 5 ships  Continue Reading

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School Bells Are Ringing

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column, submitted by the SJI Historical Museum… School bells are ringing once again, just as they did in 1960 when teacher Winnie Sundstrom gathered her Friday Harbor third graders for their class photo. The San Juan Historical Museum hopes you can help identify all these smiling kids. Anyone see yourself here?

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Film “Head Games” Addresses Concussion Crisis

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

Head injury is finally being recognized as a major issue affecting our kids. While most attention has been paid to contact sports like football, soccer, basketball, rugby, and lacrosse, even more children suffer head trauma while bicycling and in auto accidents. There can be both short and long term effects of concussions in both adults and  Continue Reading

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Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: Brad Hanson

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: Highlights of NOAA’s Report on 10 Years of Conservation & Research on SRKW Presented by Brad Hanson, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center  Friday Harbor, WA — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Brad Hanson as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series.  The talk entitled “Highlights of NOAA’s Report on  Continue Reading

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Public Works Director Resigns

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

Frank Mulcahy has given San Juan County notice that he will resign from his position as Public Works Director effective Sept. 30, 2014, citing family and career reasons.  Frank joined the County in late 2011.  During his tenure, Frank oversaw the county’s transition out of solid waste services, and was instrumental in developing new relationships  Continue Reading

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Help for People with Low Vision

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:20 am, by

The San Juan Island Library and San Juan Island Senior Services are teaming up to offer a workshop on living with the challenges of low vision and failing eyesight.  The workshop will take place on Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 AM at the Mullis Center. Resources will be available to people affected by low vision,  Continue Reading

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Movies in the Park – Ghostbusters!

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:27 am, by

Ghostbusters plays this week at Movies in the Park. Click the image above to enlarge.

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Pet of the Week

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Just when we thought kitten season was coming to an end we find ourselves with six of the most adorable kittens ever. They are from two litters and about nine or ten weeks old now. All of them are a bit shy but we’ve had staff and volunteers working with them regularly and they are becoming  Continue Reading

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Photo Opportunities at Pioneer Festival

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Be sure to bring your camera to the Pioneer Festival on Saturday. There will be lots of photo opportunities.

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Community Home Trust Receives $40k Grant

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:25 am, by

A $40,000 grant has been awarded to the San Juan Community Home Trust by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U. S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD supports programs where low-income people participate on the governing board of the organization, which makes it a good fit with Community Land Trusts,  Continue Reading

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School Tomorrow – No Strike

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm, by

San Juan Island teachers agree to two-year contract, avoid strike San Juan Education Association members and the San Juan School District have reached a Tentative Agreement avoiding a strike which was scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 2. SJEA members signed off on the agreement this afternoon after hearing from the bargaining team. The two-year agreement  Continue Reading

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Agreement Reached in Teacher Bargaining

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm, by

Here’s a note from the School District to the San Juan Island community: The San Juan Island School District is pleased to announced that a collective bargaining agreement was reached this evening with the San Juan Education Association (teacher’s union). The agreement was collaboratively developed over the last several months and provides for additional teacher  Continue Reading

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Update from John McMain

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:32 am, by

While the San Juan Education Association and the San Juan Island School District initially made progress in Sunday’s negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, negotiations stalled and no settlement was reached this evening. “It looked like we were moving forward earlier today, but we were not able to come to an agreement. I am  Continue Reading

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Bargaining Update

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 1:31 am, by

Community Message: SJISD and SJEA Bargaining 8/31/14 August 31, 2014 8:30 pm Dear San Juan Island Community Both the San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association (teacher’s union) met Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening to work on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the agreement which expires today. Both sides  Continue Reading

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Guatemalan cooking on Lopez

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 5:47 am, by

It’s always good to hear about good things happening just across the water. On Lopez Island, they celebrated Guatemalan cooking with Chef Juan Carlos Mendoza. Here’s Barbara Keller with the story….” For years I have been excited about a wonderful community development program on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This week ten lucky  Continue Reading

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“Coffee & Conversation” at The Whale Museum

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

  Friday Harbor, Wash. – Come to The Whale Museum for “Coffee & Conversation” from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5. If you haven’t been to the Museum lately, this is a great time to come in and enjoy light refreshments while getting to know the Museum better.  Hosted by executive director  Continue Reading

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New Use for Old Building?

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm, by

This is Dr. Vincent Shu and he would like your opinions on a project he is working on. He would like to bring a natural science college to Friday Harbor: The Washington Institute of Natural Sciences School of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine and a Community Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. And he would like to  Continue Reading

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Drift Card Drop to Study Oil Spill Impacts

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

This summer’s drift card drop will study oil spill impacts in the Salish Sea. Plywood drift cards stamped with “this could be oil” were released this week in an experiment to simulate the dispersion of an oil spill from Kinder Morgan’s planned $5.4 billion pipeline expansion project that would increase tanker traffic from 5 ships  Continue Reading

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Notes from the SJEA

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm, by

Here is a statement from the San Juan Education Association… San Juan Education Association members are hopeful they can come to a fair and reasonable contract settlement with San Juan Island School District Sunday at their next scheduled bargaining session. The contract expires Aug. 31 and teachers and other school specialists voted last Monday to  Continue Reading

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Letter to the San Juan Island School District Community

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:12 am, by

This just in from Rick Thompson, SJI School District… For the past several months, the San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association, (the teacher’s union) have been meeting to collaboratively negotiate a new contract to replace the agreement that expires on August 31, 2014. As of the end of our last  Continue Reading

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A Batty Evening on the Westside

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

With the help of the San Juan County Land Bank, the San Juan Preservation Trust, State and National Parks, and local landowners, Rochelle Kelly of the UW has been able to study bats in the San Juan Islands this summer. In appreciation of all this support, she is sharing her experience with the public. Rochelle  Continue Reading

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Public Hearing on Airport Master Plan

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5pm at Ernie’s Cafe at 744 Airport Circle Drive, Friday Harbor, WA. The purpose of this meeting is for the Commission to conduct a Public Hearing on the proposed Airport Master Plan Update. For questions please contact Deanna Eltinge  Continue Reading

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