Along Jensen Bay Road

Posted July 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm by

Public Hospital District issues RFQ for architectural and engineering services related to multiple projects

Posted July 30, 2022 at 4:52 pm by

San Juan Island Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict No. 1 is accept­ing State­ments of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and Pro­pos­als for pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices, includ­ing archi­tec­tur­al and engi­neer­ing, asso­ci­at­ed with cap­i­tal improve­ments and con­struc­tion involv­ing the Vil­lage at the Har­bor, the Frank Wil­son Memo­r­i­al EMS Build­ing, and a poten­tial hous­ing project for health­care workers.

Requests for Qual­i­fi­ca­tions pack­ets are avail­able online, or in per­son on week­days between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Hos­pi­tal District’s Admin­is­tra­tive Offices at 849 Spring Street Unit B5. State­ments of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and Pro­pos­als shall be returned to the Hos­pi­tal District’s head­quar­ters no lat­er than 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Minor­i­ty- and women-owned firms are encour­aged to apply and will be giv­en equal con­sid­er­a­tion with all oth­er firms sub­mit­ting a State­ment of Qual­i­fi­ca­tions and Proposal.

Petunia is the Animal Protection Society’s pet of the week

Posted July 30, 2022 at 2:33 pm by

Here’s the adopt­able ani­mal of the week from the Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor — Petu­nia, a three-year-old domes­tic medi­um hair.

Petu­nia is like the cool aunt you want to spend half the sum­mer with. She will order piz­za and all the junk food, let you have a sip of her wine cool­er by the pool, and tell you all sorts of wild sto­ries that start with “You should have met me before I had kit­tens!” Petu­nia is the mom of the rough and tum­ble Looney Tunes lit­ter and now that they have all found homes, this care­free cat is ready for anoth­er adven­ture. She is a fun-lov­ing girl who is always down for a good time. Petu­nia is very play­ful and out­go­ing, loves peo­ple and could live with anoth­er cat but would purr-fer to have your undi­vid­ed atten­tion all to her­self. If you are ready to add a lit­tle spon­tane­ity to your life, Petu­nia is the cat for you.

Learn more about Petu­nia here.

Notes from the Island — July 30

Posted July 30, 2022 at 8:45 am by

  • Here’s the line­up for today’s farm­ers mar­ket.
  • The Jesus Chords are play­ing at the Port of Fri­day Har­bor this after­noon from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • In hon­or of five years in busi­ness, San Juan Island Brew­ing Co. has released their new Five Year Anniver­sary His­tor­i­cal IPA.
  • Des­o­la­tion Sound released a new record this week, titled Sal­ish Rock. You can find it on Spo­ti­fy and Apple Music.
  • Orca Behav­ior Insti­tute shares a won­der­ful video of J pod and their activ­i­ties in the islands over the last week or so.
  • The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety has three new dogs avail­able for adop­tion — Hux­ley (a Great Pyre­nees & Ana­to­lian Shep­herd mix), Miyu­ki (a Great Pyre­nees mix), and Pepi­ta (a Grey­hound mix).

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Top secret

Posted July 29, 2022 at 7:49 pm by

Afghanistan discussion series kicks off at SJIMA on Aug. 3

Posted July 29, 2022 at 5:15 pm by

SJIMA shares a look at their Look­ing Inside Afghanistan dis­cus­sion series.

The San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art announces a dis­cus­sion series begin­ning on August 3. The talks will pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn about the cul­ture of Afghanistan, Islam, advo­ca­cy for women and chil­dren, and James Longley’s per­son­al sto­ries of every­day life — all lead­ing to a bet­ter under­stand­ing of this ancient and trou­bled region.

Join us this com­ing week on Wednes­day, Aug. 3, for Call of the Minaret: Islam in Afghanistan, fea­tur­ing a dis­cus­sion with Rebec­ca Moore, Ph.D., of how Islam­ic faith has shaped and influ­enced the cul­ture of Afghanistan. Moore is an Emeri­ta Pro­fes­sor of Reli­gious Stud­ies at San Diego State Uni­ver­si­ty. She has lec­tured and pub­lished on Jew­ish and Chris­t­ian rela­tions in a vari­ety of venues. Her book Jews and Chris­tians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Vic­tor focused on the medieval Chris­t­ian debt to Jew­ish bib­li­cal com­men­taries. Her body of work con­sists of a myr­i­ad of pro­fes­sion­al pre­sen­ta­tions, books, arti­cles and a mul­ti­tude of com­mu­ni­ty lec­tures and talks.

Moore’s talk will take place at SJIMA, 540 Spring Street, at 7 p.m. Light refresh­ments will be served and admis­sion is pay-what-you-can. This event is gra­cious­ly spon­sored by RaVae Luck­hart and Jack Rice, Rob Ray, and the Town of Fri­day Harbor.

All of the events sup­ple­ment and expand our under­stand­ing of Afghanistan life viewed in the James Lon­g­ley exhi­bi­tion Look­ing Into Kab­ul, at SJIMA until Sept. 12. Oth­er dis­cus­sions in the series include: Con­tin­ue Reading

Unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison found in San Juan County

Posted July 29, 2022 at 8:20 am by

The State Depart­ment of Health sends along news about biotox­in lev­els found in oys­ters and clams on Orcas Island.

The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health is urg­ing peo­ple to avoid eat­ing oys­ters and clams har­vest­ed from Buck Bay on Orcas Island in San Juan Coun­ty on July 26–27, fol­low­ing the detec­tion of high lev­els of Par­a­lyt­ic Shell­fish Poi­son in the shell­fish. The shell­fish were sold direct­ly to con­sumers from Buck Bay Shell­fish Farm retail mar­ket and restau­rant on the island.

DOH detect­ed the PSP through biotox­in mon­i­tor­ing – the shell­fish test­ed had PSP lev­els near­ly four times the allow­able lev­el for har­vest. As of July 27, there have been no reports of ill­ness asso­ci­at­ed with the recalled shell­fish. Buck Bay Grow­ing Area is closed until fur­ther notice.

PSP is a nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring marine biotox­in that is pro­duced by some species of micro­scop­ic algae. Shell­fish eat these algae and can retain the tox­in. The tox­in is not destroyed by cook­ing or freezing.

PSP symp­toms can occur with­in min­utes to a few hours of con­sum­ing con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed shell­fish. Death from PSP has occurred in less than 30 min­utes. Symp­toms can include:

  • Tin­gling and numb­ness of the lips, tongue, fin­gers, and toes.
  • Nau­sea, vom­it­ing, and diarrhea.
  • Loss of coor­di­na­tion, dif­fi­cul­ty speak­ing and swal­low­ing, and total mus­cu­lar paral­y­sis with res­pi­ra­to­ry arrest (in severe cases).

If you have mild symp­toms, call your health care provider right away. If symp­toms are severe, call 911 or go to the emer­gency room immediately.

Cur­rent biotox­in clo­sures are list­ed on DOH’s Shell­fish Safe­ty Map. For a record­ed list of areas closed for biotox­ins, call the biotoxin/red tide hot­line at 1–800-562‑5632.

Notes from the Island — July 29

Posted July 29, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • This arti­cle from the Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trusts looks at how a coali­tion of sci­en­tists, Trib­al rep­re­sen­ta­tives, con­ser­va­tion­ists, nat­ur­al resource man­agers, and con­cerned cit­i­zens joined have joined forces to pro­tect and restore thou­sands of acres of eel­grass in the San Juan Islands.
  • The Young Adult Asso­ci­a­tion of San Juan Island shares a sto­ry about their recent adven­ture to Orcas Island.
  • The library is show­ing Spi­der-Man: No Way Home for stu­dents in grades six through 12 from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. tonight. It’s a free event with snacks and craft mate­ri­als provided.
  • Gui­tarist and singer Alpha Yaya Dial­lo per­forms at 7:30 p.m. tonight at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre. Tick­ets are still avail­able.
  • The San Juan Island Pride Foun­da­tion — which recent­ly received its 501(c)(3) sta­tus — announced that the inau­gur­al San Juan Island Pride Fes­ti­val will take place on Sat­ur­day, Aug. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Jack­son Beach. Learn more about the event or sign up to vol­un­teer.

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