Look Up at Night This Week

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 6:07 pm by

It’s prime viewing time this week to see the International Space Station from your backyard. Check out this article on the Seattle Times website.

Library Decision Time

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 5:50 am by

By Louise Dustrude

Decision time is approaching for the San Juan Island Library: whether to try to upgrade in place or move to a new location. Just one site is currently under consideration for the “new location” — the Public Works property next door to the current library.

Some 85 residents attended one of three open houses to learn of the possibilities and voted (with little round blue, yellow, and red stickers) quite overwhelmingly for the new location. No one at all voted for the third alternative of “do nothing.”

Factors which have obviously influenced both the board and the public include the need for more space and the difficulty or impossibility of expanding the current building; the current and potential problems with the foundation, the walls and insulation, and drainage issues in the basement; and the tight parking.

Mark Madsen talks to the public – Carrie Lacher photo

Mark Madsen, a member of the library’s board of trustees, explained their reasoning, and answered a dozen or so questions from the public on Monday afternoon. He said the library has no debt, and that the building would be financed by (1) some public grant funding, (2) a private fund-raising campaign, which has already raised over $100,000, and (3) “probably a bond issue.” Read More »

Lady Wolverines Fast Pitch

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Wolverine Right Fielder Bristol Halvorson is interviewed on the tiny Radio 1650 am post game show – Contributed photo

Oly Archibald shares another teaser about this weekend’s Lady Wolverines fast pitch game coming up in Yakima…

No Debate Its State In Yakima For The Young Wolverines Fast Pitch team

You know you have a good thing going when you have just cashed your ticket to the WIAA State Fast Pitch tournament in Yakima for the 4th time in 4 years – yet there is no outlandish celebration with shooting Sparkling Apple Cider all over each other. Not that the Young Friday Harbor Wolverine Fast pitch team was not happy and proud of their accomplishment. Its now the expectation of the program.

The Wolverines beat Orcas Island 15-5 to win their 4th straight NW 2-B District Tournament. It was the 4th time this year the Wolverines had beat the Vikings and now have won 14 straight games in the rivalry since Brian Lambright took over the program 5 years ago. Lambright now has a 76-42 career record at Friday harbor a record that would make Heather Tarr proud. Read More »

Auditor Seeks Writers of Argument against Lopez School Measure

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 5:42 am by

In order to ensure an informed electorate, and in accordance with state law, every district that places a measure on a ballot is responsible for appointing committees to write voters’ guide arguments both for and against the proposition. If a district is unable to appoint committees, that responsibility falls to the County Auditor.

The Lopez Island School District has placed on the August primary ballot a levy to support educational expenses and operations support of the District. The District has appointed a committee to write an argument supporting the proposal. It was unable to find opponents willing to write an argument opposing the measure.

For that reason, County Auditor Milene Henley is seeking people interested in writing arguments against the measure.

If you are interested in writing an opposing argument, please contact the Auditor at mileneh@sanjuanco.com, or (360) 370-7558. Up to three people may be named as argument writers, though they may seek the assistance of as many people as needed. Statements are limited to 250 words.

FHHS Wins at “Imagine Tomorrow”

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 5:52 am by

Top – Sander Van Hamersfeld, Emmett Carrier, Charlie Zehner; Bottom – Ayla Ridwan, Kai Di Bona (Raylee Miniken was on the team but at softball district playoffs) – Contributed photos

FHHS Team wins ‘Best Project from a Newly Competing Team’ at WSU’s Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow science fair competition

Over the weekend of May 18th – 20th, two teams from Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) competed in the Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair at Washington State University. The competition challenges 9th – 12th graders to seek new ways to support a transition to future sustainability.

Students researched complex topics and then created technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. Teams also forged connections in their communities to create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination. Read More »

Lady Wolverines at State

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 5:48 am by

Hannah Hopkins and Oly Archibald will have the live play by play from the State Tournament in Yakima – Contributed photo

Listen to all of the live action of this Friday’s B-2 State Tournament 1st round match up from Yakima between the Friday Harbor Wolverines (15-7) and the Ocosta Wildcats (19-6) live on Friday Harbor Tiny Radio 1650 am and on the world wide web at fhtinyradio.com. The pre-game show starts at 10:45 am.

Oly Archibald in his 40th year will have the live play by play and former All League Wolverine 1st baseman Hannah Hopkins will have the color commentary and game analysis.

Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 5:42 am by

Stay Active through the Summer! Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts is a fitness class aimed at meeting the needs of people with limited mobility due to age, illness or lifestyle. The class will be a full body workout that can be carried out standing or seated in a chair. Participation in this class will help individuals maintain or improve their balance, strength, endurance and range of motion.

Katerina Wen leads the class. The class meets on Tuesdays at the Village at the Harbour, 10:45-11:30am & Thursdays at the Dance Workshop II, 10:45-11:30am. Register by Thursday May 24 for the June/July Session, that is fast approaching. For more information, visit our website, www.islandrec.org, drop by our office; 580 Guard St, mon-fri 11am-5pm, or call us at (360) 378-4953.

Real Estate with Merri Ann

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 5:35 am by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in to share more Real Estate information with you…

Home Inspections and Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction

Merri Ann Simonson – Contributed photo

If you are a buyer or seller, I bet you thought just getting under contract was stressful for all parties but in reality, the home inspection and/or feasibility response and associated negotiations are often the more stressful event. Allowing a buyer to have a home inspection and hopefully a concurrent feasibility study is a very necessary part of the transaction.

Seller’s Disclosure form 17
As required by statue, the seller must provide a disclosure about the property. This is merely a disclosure, not a representation, guarantee or warranty. This disclosure should be given to your home inspector prior to their visit so they can focus on the seller’s comments about defects and repairs made. Your agent should automatically do this but as a buyer you should insure it happens.

Buyer’s Due Diligence
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Improvements to Local Spill Response Capacity

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance local capacity to respond to oil and hazardous materials spills, three San Juan County organizations participated in the 2018 Washington State Department of Ecology Spill Response Grant Program. This program helps local communities that are at risk for oil and hazardous materials spills secure equipment and training to  Continue Reading

Kids Triathlon

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Inauguaral Kids Triathlon Announced Island Athletic Events, LLC, producer of the 17th annual Kings San Juan Island Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K and the sixth annual Three Lakes Triathlon announced the first annual Kids Triathlon at Lakedale Resort. “It’s something we’ve talked about over the winter. Lakedale’s General Manager, Karl Bruno, has been very supportive  Continue Reading

Altitude: A Griffin Bay Bookstore Author Event

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore is excited to again host Lopez Islander Gretchen K.Wing. She’s returning to the bookstore on Saturday, June 2, 2:00—4:00 pm to present Altitude, Book Three of the Flying Burgowski Trilogy. This series is delightful for both young adults and adults. Don’t miss the chance to chat with such an enthusiastic writer. After  Continue Reading

Adrift Coming to the Palace Theater

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Tami Ashcraft’s book “Red Sky in Mourning” has been made into a major motion picture called “Adrift”, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. On June 1st, the movie opens here at the Palace Theater and Tami will be there to greet the audience. There will also be a book titled “Adrift” as a tie-in with  Continue Reading

Barbershop Bonanza

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Barbershop Bonanza is excited to sing for you Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00 pm. For 22 years now, Barbershop Bonanza has honored a uniquely American music with contemporary and old-time favorites full of four-part harmonies and adding a Cappella choral selections, as well. Directed by Angel Michaels, the Bonanza is hosted by San Juan’s mixed  Continue Reading

Stroke Survivor Webinar

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

PeaceHealth webinar: Five surprising lessons from stroke survivors This year alone, according to the American Stroke Association, nearly 800,000 people in the United States will experience a stroke. Knowing how to recognize the symptoms can make all the difference. To promote awareness during National Stroke Month, PeaceHealth is hosting a free online webinar called “Making  Continue Reading

What Is A County Fair?

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Barbara Bevens of the SJC Fair Board, shares these thoughts with you… If you go to Wikipedia while searching for County Fair it will redirect you to “Agricultural Show.” Pretty weird, huh? We always think of the County Fair as a local event where we go to meet our friends, to see the animals, ride  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Trust me. I am the only thing that stands between the vacuum cleaner and your entire family’s safety. That monster with the long, long tail does not stand a chance against me. Your hideous ordeal is over. I will protect you from the beast and be your best friend, confidante and cuddle-buddy! My name is  Continue Reading

SVC Honor Roll

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Skagit Valley College announces academic Honor Roll for Winter Quarter In support of student success, Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that the following students were placed on the Academic Honor Roll for Winter Quarter, 2018. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.75 or higher grade point average while carrying 12 or more credits.  Continue Reading

LWV Panel Discussion

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Update on local, state, national issues with League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a panel discussion on the present situation and future outlook for the county from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the San Juan Island Library meeting room. The following local officials will share  Continue Reading

Letter from the School District

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

Dear Editor, San Juan Island School Board Director Ralph Hahn announced his resignation from the school board on April 30, 2018. The school board accepted his resignation at the May 16, 2018 special board meeting. San Juan Island School District is currently seeking persons interested in public education to fill this unexpired term as a  Continue Reading

Celebration of Life for Joyce Sobel

Posted on May 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Please join us in a Celebration of the life of Joyce. June 9th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Mullis Center, 589 Nash Street. We will be sharing memories and stories from 1-3pm followed by a community gathering until 5. The gathering will be casual and people of all ages are welcome. If you would  Continue Reading

Lady Wolverines at State

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Oly Archibald shares the lowdown on the Lady Wolverines… With Concrete and Darrington deciding to not take to the diamond against the big bullies from Friday Harbor in the NW 2B District Tournament, the Lady Wolverines will make their 4th straight trip to the WIAA State Tournament in Yakima. The Wolverines will play the winner of  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Posted on May 19, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Bill Severson writes to let you know about a change to the walk scheduled for next Saturday… Know Your Island Walk Saturday May 26 1-4 pm:  This month we will be joining up with Sandy Strehlou for the historical hike on Young Hill/English Camp. Meet at the English Camp parking lot.  This is a change  Continue Reading

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