2 Year Contracts for Teachers and School Employees

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 5:50 am by

San Juan Island School District is happy to announce that we have achieved two-year contracts with both the teachers’ union, San Juan Education Association (SJEA), and the classified employees union, Public School Employees of Washington (PSE).  Both contracts target additional funds for the purpose of honoring employees with the greatest longevity in the school district. 

The SJEA contract has raised the starting salary of new teachers with a BA degree and no experience or credits to $50,160.00 this year and $52,428.00 next year.  Earnings for experienced teachers with an MA/PHD, the most longevity and credits will increase to $97,002 this school year and will top out next school year at $101,386.00.  The overall average of SJISD teachers’ salaries this year is $78,155 and next year will increase to $82,875.  In addition, teachers will receive increased classroom budgets, higher special workload stipends and improved instructional load standards.

Salary schedules are available to the public on the District website at this link https://www.sjisd.wednet.edu/Page/2088.

All negotiating teams worked with a strong sense of purpose and teamwork to achieve these agreements. We are especially pleased to have signed them as early in the year as we did enabling us to fully concentrate our energies on the District’s continuing focus of student performance.

OPALCO Pays Tribute to Paul Allen

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 5:48 am by

Paul Allen – Microsoft Blog photo

Allen’s Generosity Created Greater Safety and Connection in San Juan County

The world lost a true friend in the passing of Paul Allen. Many are telling the stories of his incredible contributions to science, technology and humanity around the world and particularly in Washington State. You may not realize it, but Allen’s generosity is responsible for the improvements OPALCO was able to make for the safety of our crews in the field and access to first responders county wide.

In 2014, Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan, carved out a small block of 600 MHz spectrum and made it available to OPALCO. San Juan County has such a small population base – we would not have ever had access to this key element of connectivity without Allen’s foresight and generosity. Owning that spectrum set OPALCO up for success with the purchase of Rock Island Communication and made it possible to build a wireless network in San Juan County.

Whether a member of your family is out in the field as a lineworker, law enforcement officer or emergency medical provider; whether you or your family have ever benefited from local emergency services; whether you or a family member can now work remotely from home; whether you’ve noticed the increased coverage for mobile communications county-wide; or whether you can simply appreciate the opportunity to stream a movie at home all the way through without buffering: Paul Allen made it all possible.

Please join us in sending our thoughts of gratitude and peace to the family of Paul Allen. May we all take inspiration from his philanthropic spirit for the greater good.

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Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,000 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 95% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937. Follow OPALCO @OrcasPower on Facebook and Twitter.

Shaw Wins First Place for Video

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 5:47 am by

The students at the Shaw Island School recently won first place in a statewide contest promoting earthquake preparedness and safety. Sponsored by the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup, the competition solicited videos from schools across Washington.

Timed to promote the Great Shake Out earthquake drill, this is the second year of the contest, and the second year that Shaw has taken home a prize.

It’s not to late for islanders to sign up for Thursday’s Shake Out exercise: www.shakeout.org/washington

Some comments from the students: Read More »

Countywide Varicella (Chickenpox) ALERT!

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 5:46 am by

Nine school- and preschool-aged children have CONFIRMED cases of varicella (chickenpox) on Lopez, Orcas and Shaw islands, with additional possible cases awaiting evaluation from health care providers within the county. 

Schools have been alerted of the current outbreak. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s vaccination status and ensure their children are fully immunized against the chickenpox virus (two doses). Symptoms of chickenpox include fever, fatigue and a rash that progresses from the head to other parts of the body.

If you or your child has symptoms of chickenpox, please seek medical attention (call first) and remain at home until the rash is completely gone and all the blisters are dried. This means not attending/participating in sporting events, traveling on the ferry (unless staying in your car), or going into other community gathering places, such as libraries, stores or community centers where others may be exposed during your illness. Read More »

SVC to Spain and Portugal

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 5:45 am by

Skagit Valley College to offer two travel abroad opportunities to Spain and Portugal

If a visit to the Iberian Peninsula is on your bucket list, then you will want to join SVC Music Department Chair, Dr. Diane Johnson, on one of two travel abroad opportunities to Spain and Portugal in 2019.

Dr. Johnson will lead a trip to Barcelona and Madrid March 21-29. Travelers will have an opportunity to enjoy the art, music, cuisine, and culture of Barcelona and Madrid. For more information, visit https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2091817WE

On June 21-30, Dr. Johnson will lead a trip of SVC student singers and community singers to Lisbon and Porto, Portugal. Community singers, who are interested in this trip, should contact diane.johnson@skagit.edu to review the requirements needed for singing on the trip.

Both study abroad trips are open to SVC staff, faculty, students, and community members. For more information, contact Dr. Diane Johnson at 360.416.7655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu

Big Weekend at Whale Museum

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 5:56 am by

Photo Credit: Jeanne Hyde, Storyteller/Documentarian of The Whale Museum’s Orca Adoption Program

Summer may have gone but Fall is here, which means it is time to gear down and reconnect with others interested in learning more about the Salish Sea! Everyone is welcome to come join us for two big events this weekend being put on by The Whale Museum: Saturday, October 20: Gear Down Workshop for Marine Naturalists and Sunday, October 21: TWM’s 3rd annual Research Symposium. Both events will be held at the San Juan Island Grange Hall and doors open at 9:30 am for both events. 

On Saturday, the “Gear Down” Workshop will focus on research and recovery efforts related to Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) and salmon. Invited presenters include: Kenneth Warheit (WDFW) on finfish health regulations of marine (net-pen) aquaculture, and the relative risks of Piscine Orthoreovirus (PRV) to native salmonids in the Salish Sea; Amelia Bahr (Stewardship Partners) on engaging in salmon conscious stewardship; Kendra Smith on SRKW Recovery Efforts and the Whale Warning Flag Pilot Project; and Taylor Shedd (TWM) on foraging characteristics of the SRKWs. A no-host reception at Mike’s Café & Wine Bar will follow. Read More »

Last Week for Silent Sky

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 5:48 am by

Here’s the latest from San Juan Community Theatre…

Have you seen the show that everyone is raving about? There are just four more chances to do so!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday’s performances are at 7:30 pm (and Thursday is Pay What You Can) and we finish the run with a matinee on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

You can get tickets online at sjctheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (360) 378-3210. The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, and one hour before each performance. Don’t miss out on this incredible production!

Silent Sky Cast:

Henrietta Leavitt: Essine Kilpatrick-Boe
Annie Cannon: Deb Langhans
Williamina Fleming: Carol Hooper
Margaret Leavitt: Chelsea Parrott
Peter Shaw: Adam Parrott

Holiday Wreath Sale

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 5:45 am by

The Class of 2019 Kicks off Grad Night Fundraising

Deluxe Noble Wreath

The Friday Harbor High School Senior Class of 2019/PTSA is now taking orders for their annual Holiday Wreath sale.

Get your beautiful, aromatic, long-lasting, 24” Northwest Noble Fir wreath with pinecones, berries, and a handmade bow in the color of your choice for only $25! These wreaths make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors and business associates.

Also, new this year, the Senior Class is selling delicious homemade pecan and pumpkin pies for $20 for Thanksgiving! Simplify your holiday by purchasing a pie or two while supporting Grad Night!

These TWO fall fundraisers are the largest fundraisers for the Class of 2019. Proceeds go directly towards paying for Grad Night: a memorable, safe and sane graduation celebration. Read More »

Seven Sacred Breaths Workshop

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Heidi Green, yoga instructor and co-author of Yogadevotion: Practicing in the Presence, is conducting a special 2-hour workshop this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2-4 pm at Saint David’s Episcopal Church. This workshop examines the benefits to body, mind, and spirit of a simple breath prayer practice tied to the Seven Daily Offices. The Daily Offices  Continue Reading

Letters for Upcoming Election

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates and issues at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Nick Power: Colleen Kenimond Don Hall Rita Latsinova Paul Arons Bill Karges Justin Paulsen For Randy Gaylord:   Continue Reading

Island Senior: Fun Friday Bingo at the Mullis Center

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… On the second Friday of the month the Mullis Center hosts Fun Friday Bingo. For ten dollars you get a delicious seasonally themed lunch and 15 cards of Bingo. On Friday I enlisted my friend Therese Finn and we joined  Continue Reading

Magical Ornamentals – Salvias, Roses and the Drama of Leaves

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

  A panel of San Juan Island Master Gardener volunteers will share their ornamental obsessions and inspire you to join them in their love of salvias, roses, and plants with beautiful leaves at the Annual Gardening Workshop, this Saturday, October 20th. Ornamental garden plants aren’t ‘idle lovelies’ – they create pollinator habitats and bird joy,  Continue Reading

San Juan County 2019 Preliminary Budget Published and Available Online

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County’s Preliminary Budget for 2019 has been published. With a theme of “Finish What We’ve Started,” the 2019 budget focuses resources on projects and initiatives already underway within the County. The County has enjoyed several years of remarkable growth in sales, lodging and real estate excise taxes, growth that has allowed the County  Continue Reading

San Juan County Property taxes due October 31st

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the second installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due October 31st.  Please note that even if you deposit the envelope with your local post office, it may not be postmarked on the same day.  Plan ahead and mail  Continue Reading

Northwest artist creating sculpture of Friday Harbor founder Edward Warbass

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm, by

  Northwest artist Gareth Curtiss has been selected by the Town of Friday Harbor to complete a life-size bronze sculpture of town founding father Captain Edward D. Warbass. The piece will include Mr. Warbass sitting on a park bench with his dog, Bob, by his side.   The artwork is scheduled for installation on the sidewalk  Continue Reading

Love for Creatures Great and Small

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 8:37 am, by

Tamara Weaver writes about St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals… On October 4, people all over the world celebrated the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony  Continue Reading

A Very British Evening

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Friends of the San Juan Island Library cordially invite you to “A Very British Evening: Jane Austen Meets the Royal Navy”. Please join Heidi Green, a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. This event sponsored by the Friends of the SJI Library is in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Name: Farrah Status: Single. Haven’t found my soulmate. Yet. Sign: Aries. Virgo rising. Likes: Hip Hop, Chinese food, BBC World Radio, belly rubs, chardonnay Dislikes: Plastic wine glasses, opinions that differ from mine, Tibetan throat singing, beady eyes What Intrigues Me: Dogs eating peanut butter, flatulence, I Love Lucy re-runs Favorite Movie: The Swamp Thing  Continue Reading

Comprehensive Plan Community Workshop

Posted on October 15, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

The next Department of Community Development (DCD) community workshop will be held on October 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the fire station at 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor to gather community input on the Comprehensive Plan update.  The public is invited to provide input on policy issues that will guide the County  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Messy Me

Posted on October 14, 2018 at 5:56 am, by

  Messy Me returns this year with even more sense-engaging fun! We’ll play around in the elementary school gym with different ‘sensory bins’ filled with mediums such as water and sand while searching for dinosaur molds and model fish. Painting with marbles will be a new, exciting activity this time around, as well as balloons  Continue Reading

Our Necessary Alliance

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter from Bill Appel… This will have been a hotly contested election. There have been allegations of errors, omissions and behavior, some of which but for the public stature of the targets, might arguably be libelous, and in the time-honored tradition of one corner of our community,  Continue Reading

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 6:31 am, by

It’s coming next weekend: Amy Carroll, well known caller from Seattle, will be our caller, with music provided by “Forrest Carroll and Friends” – Forrest Carroll on fiddle, Frank Blade on guitar, and Jerry Gallagher on banjo, all popular musicians from Seattle. What: 3rd. Saturday contra dance in Friday Harbor Where: San Juan Grange Hall  Continue Reading