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State Transportation Improvement Board Awards New Grant to Friday Harbor
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) announced their annual grant awards today and the Town of Friday Harbor will be the recipient of $800,000 for the reconstruction of the first phase of Tucker Avenue. The TIB is a state organization funded by a portion of the gas tax charged on each gallon of gasoline sold within Washington. Tucker Avenue is an arterial street and is one of the highest ranked projects on the Town Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
Town staff worked with the Engineering firm of Gray and Osborne to secure the funding. This is the third year in a row that the Town has received road construction monies, having previously been awarded grants in 2012 and 2013 that funded over 80% of the Blair Avenue project and Mullis sidewalk project.
The project plan submitted for Tucker includes improvements from the intersection with Guard Street down the hill to Harbor Avenue, just past the Town wastewater treatment facility. The total project cost for this phase is estimated at $1.1 million dollars of which $800,000 would come from the TIB. The Town anticipates paying their portion of project expenses from the recently adopted Transportation Benefit District sales tax of two-tenths of one-percent that will start in April of 2015. Annual revenues from this new tax are anticipated to be $240,000. Continued here...
10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
"Before the feast, get on your feet" run, walk, stroll or even crawl the 10th Annual Turkey Trot, a 5K (3.1 mile) fundraising event. The Turkey Trot gets underway, come rain or shine, or snow, on Thanksgiving Day Thursday Nov. 27 at 9am. The race starts in front of the Friday Harbor Suites, 680 Spring St, Friday Harbor, which doubles as the location of both the start and the finish lines.
Registration begins at 8am. The registration fee for adults is $5 and two cans of food, and $2 plus two cans of food for children under 16 years of age This year participants have the option of providing cans of food for either human or animal consumption. Proceeds and donated food items will help support the Friday Harbor Food Bank and the Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society. The Turkey Trot is hosted by SanJuan IslandFitness. More here...
2014 Community Thanksgiving Dinner
If you're looking for a special way to celebrate and give thanks, come to Mullis Center, 589 Nash St., in Friday Harbor between 12pm-5pm on Thursday Nov 27th, for a good old-fashioned community Thanksgiving dinner. Come alone or bring friends and family. This is a day to share and give thanks together. Everyone is welcome.
It’s all free. The food is great. There’s a fire in the fire place. Most important of all, there is plenty of turkey, dressing and all the fixin’s and there are plenty of friends and neighbors to share a special day. Bring a dish if you wish. This is the 16th year for the Community Thanksgiving celebration. More Thanksgiving Events here...
Holiday Open House at The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum: The Whale Museum is hosting a holiday open house on the evening of Friday, December 5th until 6:30 p.m. Come to Friday Harbor’s Tree Lighting and enjoy the festivities. After the Tree Lighting, there will be holiday refreshments and goodies to enjoy in the gallery at The Whale Museum. Visitors will also receive a 20% off coupon for any merchandise in the gift shop. The Whale Museum exhibit hall and gift shop are open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Admission to the exhibit hall is free for San Juan County residents on Thursdays. For more information, call (360) 378-4710 ext. 30. See more Christmas events here...
Vintage Postcards of the San Juan Islands
I have compiled a pretty good collection of vintage postcards of the beautiful San Juans, check them all out here...
San Juan Island Museum of Art OPENS Dec. 5 with Unveiling: The Best of the IMA Artists' Registry
The new San Juan Island Museum of Art building opens its doors for the first time on December 5 with the reception party for “Unveiling: the Best of IMA Artists’ Registry,” which runs December 6, 2014, thru January 25, 2015. Featured artists are members of the museum's Artists' Registry program, created in 2010 to offer San Juan County artists a venue for displaying their work in a gallery setting.
The exhibit will showcase local art in all media, including painting, sculpture, wood, glass, jewelry, pottery, photography and textiles. This Artists' Registry show gives islanders and island friends a chance to appreciate first hand the surprising diversity of island talent, plus the historic opportunity to tour the dramatic new IMA building in its first show.
The December 5 reception is open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Museum hours are 11 to 5, Friday through Monday. A Charter memberships drive is in progress, with memberships starting at $40. Many membership levels offer reciprocal benefits with other art museums nationwide. Admission to IMA is free. Please visit sjima.org and The IMA on Facebook for more information and click here to see more amazing art that will be on display. More here...
Citizens Respond to Call for Food Bank Assistance
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: Town of Friday Harbor utility customers have certainly shown their holiday spirit by contributing to the Harbor Life Ring program to benefit the Friday Harbor Food Bank this year. The Town distributed a letter in the October utility billing statement informing customers that any donations they made this month would be contributed to the Food Bank. In addition, the Town stepped up and agreed to match the first $1,000 donated. Including the Town match, the Food Bank will be receiving at least $3132, as contributions continue to arrive at Town Hall.
“The response from the citizens has been outstanding” said Mayor Carrie Lacher. “Each year I am heartened by the generosity in Friday Harbor”. Bill Cumming, director of the Food Bank was also excited to hear the news. “I cannot thank this community enough for once again supporting our mission here” he said. “On just one day last week we supported 91 families, and the need just keeps increasing. These donations will assure a happy holiday season for a great number of people in need.” Continued here...
Hip Hatchet with Special Guest Christopher Paul Stelling Playing at The Rumor Mill Nov. 22
Hip Hatchet with special guest Christopher Paul Stelling will be in Friday Harbor to play at The Rumor Mill on Saturday, November 22nd @ 8:00.
Hip Hatchet is the songwriting project of Philippe Bronchtein from Portland, Oregon. The sound is trademarked by open tunings, lush woodwinds, intricate finger picking, and a unique vocal delivery. The songs are most easily categorized as folk, but draw inspiration from elements of country and chamber music as well. Hip Hatchet has three albums out, the last one titled Men Who Share My Name was released in 2011.
2014 Resurrection Fishing Derby
The 2014 Resurrection Fishing Derby, organized by the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, takes place December 5 and 6, at the Port of Friday Harbor. This is the fifth year of the event and coincides with the opening week of the winter fishing season in the San Juan Islands.
The entry fee is $400. The 100 teams (with up to four anglers per team) will get a spot to vie for $15,000 in guaranteed purse money. 1st place prize $10,000; 2nd place $2,500; 3rd place $1,500; $1,000 for total team weight, and a free 2015 entry for the winner of the Mystery Fish prize. For more information, please visit www.resurrectionderby.com. More here...
Forum on Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production
Press Release from Boyd Pratt: Tuesday, November 25, 2014. San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor. Program begins at 7pm. San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. The program will include presentations from differing perspectives and a moderated question and answer session. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
In November 2012 the voters of Washington State passed Initiative 502, The Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational Use. Several businesses have been licensed by the State to grow marijuana in San Juan County. Concerns regarding the impact of these operations on land use have led to a proposed moratorium on marijuana production, which is being considered for adoption by the San Juan County Council, in order for the Council to further consider regulations related to marijuana production. San Juan Island Grange #966 has been asked to take a position on this issue, and is therefore hosting this informational forum. More here...
Ferry Vehicle Reservation System Website
Washington State Ferries has created an informational website called Save a Spot which is about the upcoming vehicle reservation system that is scheduled to begin January 5, 2015. The Save A Spot online reservation system will make it easy to book vehicle reservations to and from the San Juan Islands. Currently, reservations are offered on international sailings to Sidney, B.C., and on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route.
Starting December 2, 2014, vehicle reservations will be accepted for winter season travel to and from the San Juan Islands. Washington State Ferries will not charge a fee to make a reservation. However, a no-show fee may be charged when a reservation is booked, but not used. More here...
Check out the Friday Harbor Ferry Cam here...
Pet of The Week
The Animal Shelter is located at 111 Shelter Lane in Friday Harbor. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 til 3:00. Call 378-2158 for more information. If you would like to receive updates from the Animal Shelter about upcoming events and happenings at the shelter, please contact Jan Murphy at email@example.com and provide your email address and stay in the loop! More here...
San Juan Island Artisans are sponsoring their 36th annual event featuring the 'best of the best' San Juan County artists. Fifty-five venders will sell their unique, hand-made arts and crafts this year, offering a wide variety of great gift-giving items, from soaps and lotions to jewelry, clothing, cards, paintings, island-made foods, scenic photography and more.
There will be delicious snacks available by local caterers to keep shoppers satisfied. This is a fundraiser for the Island Artisans Scholarship Fund. Friday, November 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Friday Harbor Elementary School Gym. For more information contact Rhonda Scott at (360) 298-0300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More here...
A little History: English Camp
A little history from the NPS: When Great Britain and the United States in 1859 agreed to a joint occupation of San Juan Island until the water boundary between the two nations could be settled, it was decided that camps would be located on opposite ends of the island.
Shortly after the British and American governments affirmed Lieutenant General Winfield Scott’s proposal to jointly occupy San Juan Island, the Royal Navy started looking for a home for its British Royal Marine Light Infantry contingent. Capt. James Prevost, commander of H.M.S. Satellite, selected the site on Garrison Bay, 15 miles northwest of American Camp, from among seven finalists.
Roche described the ground as "well-sheltered, has a good supply of water and grass, and is capable of affording maneuvering ground for any number of men that are likely to be required in that locality..." He added that a trail, 11 miles long, led from this area to the Hudson’s Bay farm at Bellevue. Continued here...
Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration
Press Release: San Juan Historical Museum, Thursday, December 4th 5 – 8 pm, 2014. Start your holiday season off right by attending a time-honored island tradition. The event is the museum’s way of giving thanks to the community for its continuing support. The museum buildings will be decorated in holiday finery and the winter wonderland train set—a delight for children of all ages—returns again. Again this year, we will be welcoming Santa as our special guestJoin in traditional caroling led by the Island Chordsmen Plus and roast a marshmallow at the crackling fire pit. Warm up with chili or world famous Ivar’s clam chowder, hot apple cider, and festive baked goodies galore. It’s a free event and donations are welcomed. Come one, come all and come hungry! Please contact the museum for further information at 360.378.3949. See more Christmas events here...
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce: Friday, December 5 beginning at 4:30pm. Every year, just at the start of the Holiday Season, the huge old elm trees at Memorial Park light the town as locals sing carols and we celebrate together. This year the trees are getting all new lights and the show promises to be SPECTACULAR! Spring Street will be closed between First and Front Streets (and the ferry traffic rerouted by our helpful Sheriff's Department.)
The FHES Eagle Spirit Choir and Island Chordsmen barbershop singers will perform again this year, Island Rec will have their ornament making activity in the atrium outside Gourmet's Galley, and the Whale Museum will have an open house just following. What an evening it will be! Please join your neighbors for this unique island holiday tradition, brought to you by your friendly Chamber of Commerce! See more Christmas events here...
Town Council Forms Arts Commission to Advise on Public Art in the Town of Friday Harbor
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: The Town Council expressed their commitment to promoting and fostering visual, performing, and literary arts in the community with last week’s creation of a Friday Harbor Arts Commission.
Mayor Carrie Lacher will appoint a seven-member volunteer commission of San Juan Island residents to advise the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition and placement of public art. "I am thrilled to be implementing this long overdue advisory committee that will help to ensure the arts have an active and prominent role in our town," said the Mayor, adding, “Local artwork helps to bring meaning to public spaces, and art of all kinds can invigorate a community while reflecting our quality of life.”
The commission will include at least one council member, two representatives of the visual arts and one representative of the performing arts. Initial appointments will be for one to three years, commencing on January 1, 2015. In addition, a non-voting member age 16 to 19 will be appointed for a one year term to be served October to September each year. Town Administrator Duncan Wilson noted, “This is an excellent opportunity for a college-bound student to demonstrate their commitment to community service.” Continued here...
Look Out for Owls!
In the past few weeks we have received six owls that have been hit by cars. They have ranged in size from a tiny Saw-whet to larger Barn and Barred Owls. Two of them had minor injuries and were able to be released within a day or two, but others were more seriously hurt and will need longer term care.
Why so many owls? At this time of year it is dark when most people are driving home from work, or to and from evening activities, so there is a lot of traffic on the roads when owls are hunting, resulting in many being struck by vehicles. Owls may be too focused on a mouse moving in the grass to notice the oncoming vehicle, or they can be dazzled and disoriented by bright headlights. So please - LOOK OUT FOR OWLS when you are driving in the dark. Continued here...
Island Rec’s Response to Error in Tax Collection
: At the November 6 meeting of Island Rec Board of Commissioners, the County Assessor notified the Commissioners of the Assessor’s office error in calculating Island Rec’s tax revenue. The Board was shocked and disappointed by this news. Rebounding from this recent development, Island Rec’s Board is looking into how best to continue providing its parks and programs that are an integral part of this community.
This error also affects High School Sports. In 2009 voters approved Island Rec’s levy with 41% of the tax dollars collected going directly to the school to fund the sports program. Island Rec will keep the public informed of decisions made as they work through the budget implications of this devastating information. Public comments to Island Rec Board commissioners are always welcome. Go to www.islandrec.org for Board contact information or call Sally Thomsen, Director of Island Rec at 378-4953. More here...
Library Writes New Chapter in Convenience
San Juan Island Library: San Juan Island Library has launched its new collection of Playaway audiobooks for adults. The Playaway is the first self-playing digital audio book. Half the size of a deck of cards, Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go. With every title recorded in HD Audio, Playaway’s audio quality is unsurpassed. Using clearly marked buttons, Playaway gives listeners the ability to move back and forth within or between chapters and alter the speed of a narrator’s voice. It even has an automatic bookmark feature that remembers where you left off. Additionally, Playaway has a universal headphone jack that works with almost any type of headphone or mobility accessory.
“Playaway’s simple functionality and immediate usability separate it from other audio book formats,” said Laurie Orton, library director. “With Playaway, our patrons can enjoy best-selling content with first-rate digital audio.” The San Juan Island Library collection includes fiction titles: A Perfect Life, by Danielle Steel, The Heist, by Daniel Silva and The Fortune Hunter, by Daisy Goodwin. And non-fiction titles: The Map Thief, by Michael Blanding, Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg. Continued here...
San Juan County – a Third World Country?
Letter to the Editor from Merri Ann Simonson, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc: I have never thought of San Juan County as being as remote as a Third World Country although many of my friends tell me they are leaving for “America” when they go off island. I guess I was shocked and appalled to find out that the level of Internet service that is offered in our communities is less than most Third World Countries. I thought the poor service was just at my house or my computer.
As I was personally uninformed, I decided to write this article as a layperson so that the options for our Internet service could be easily understood. I have purposefully not used acronyms and the technical terms. I hope that this article won’t make the technical persons in the industry LOL, too much.
As I understand, there are several avenues for consumers to obtain Internet service in our County and they include the following:
Upcoming Workshop on Orca & Salmon Recovery
The Whale Museum: On Friday, November 21, the Orca and Salmon Recovery Workshop from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m. will take place at the Beaty Museum on campus at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Sponsored by Orca Network, the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists and The Whale Museum, the workshop will involve scientists, agencies and relevant stakeholders to better understand what can be done to enhance salmon recovery as a part of Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery. Confirmed presenters include: Lance Barrett-Lennard, UBC and Vancouver Aquarium and Andrew Trites, UBC-Fisheries Centre and member of the Independent Science Panel on the Workshop to Evaluate Effects of Salmon Fisheries on Southern Resident Killer Whales. Prior registration is required.Thanks to generous support from the UBC Fisheries Centre, we are able to offer this workshop for a nominal fee of $5. Registration is available now through The Whale Museum’s website at http://whalemuseum.org/pages/upcoming-events. Questions can be directed to Cindy Hansen, Education Curator at The Whale Museum: (360) 378-4710 ext. 23. Continued here...
NPS Exotic Plant Management Team to Visit American Camp
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: A National Park Service Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) plans to complete two experimental herbicide treatments on the American camp prairie for Canada thistle this fall, weather permitting, announced Superintendent Lee Taylor. The American Camp herbicide treatment will target 1.5 acres east of Picket Lane and 1 acre south of Redoubt road. This step is only one treatment in San Juan Island National Historical Park's efforts attempt to restore habitat for the rare prairie species: the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus), a federal species of concern.
"The island marble butterfly population is dwindling and American Camp is their final stronghold." Taylor said. "We have to take steps now to improve and expand habitat for these creatures or they will not survive." Herbicide use will help combat nonnative invasive species that compete with island marble butterfly host plants for habitat, she said. No road closures are anticipated, although a few trails in the immediate vicinity of the applications may be closed for a short duration. Caution signs will be posted along road ways and trails near the projects. For safety, park visitors are urged not to stop along the roadway or enter areas where herbicide operations are taking place. Continued here...
Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana ProducersPress Release: I-502 is a voter approved initiative to legalize the production, processing, and retail sale of marijuana. Locals on San Juan Island have already invested in the process towards growing marijuana as a business venture only to run into many obstacles, including, but not limited to, neighbors who are trying to shut down their operations. Now there is a proposed moratorium in place that will prohibit the production of all Tier 2 and Tier 3 production facilities. Please sign this petition if you are against the proposed moratorium. It is not yet in place and can be overturned. More here...
The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: SeaDoc's new book The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, written by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joe Gaydos, won't be out for a few months (March 31, 2015) but it is available now for pre-order. Call or head on down to your local independent bookstore and ask them to pre-order you a copy of The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, ISBN 978-1-57061-985-4. With over 250 stunning photographs and a beautifully written, fact-filled narrative, we think it will inspire everybody that reads it to know and love the Salish Sea. Another bonus - proceeds will go to support the work of the SeaDoc Society. More here...
Letter To The Editor: Thank You
Letter to the Editor from Joan P. White: Thank you San Juan County for your vote of confidence. I am pleased and proud to continue to serve as your County Clerk. I enjoy my work and am dedicated to maintaining the reliability of the Superior Court records, as well as fulfilling all of my office's statutory and mandated duties. The Clerk's office is always open to assist you. Look for the sign above our door with the little red airplane!
Joan P. White, County Clerk
Historically, the results of San Juan County's voting are known shortly after 8 p.m. on election night and posted on the Election Division's website by 8:15 p.m. (unless there is a technical glitch). View election results here...
How do we Reduce the Effects of Plastic Pollution on Wildlife?
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: That's the question posed in a recent paper, "Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife," co-authored by SeaDoc's Kirsten Gilardi and published in Endangered Species Research. The authors worked with 26 expert researchers around the world to identify the biggest unanswered research questions about plastic pollution.
Important areas include understanding how plastic is changing habitats, how it's disrupting food webs, whether there are population-level effects from entanglements in plastic trash, how climate change will impact plastic pollution, how plastic pollution can be quantified, and the economic and social effects of plastic pollution. Initiatives like this can have a powerful effect in terms of setting a research agenda that will produce robust science that can influence our actions and recovery efforts. Continued here...
Thanks to Caroline Lene for this post: Timing is important and does work out sometimes. I was helping out at the Center for Whale Research when we heard L-Pod whales were sighted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Ken Balcomb, Erin Heydenreich, and I headed out to take photo identification, location, and behavioral data. The rain stopped and gave us two and a half dry hours. I was a very enthused passenger taking videos and photos with my smartphone.
The trip was bittersweet and ironic. Knowing the new baby L-120 born in September, and the first calf in the Southern Resident Orca community in two years that we’d been celebrating, hadn’t been sighted with her mother L-86 Surprise and relatives on the last few sightings. L-Pod families had been out in the Pacific Ocean for a few weeks. Most whale species sink when they die, so we will probably not know what caused the death. I believe the Orcas grieved their loss, I have seen Orcas and Gray whales grieve.
The Orcas were spread out from Eagle Point heading west and north. Sad and ironic the first group and whale we see is L-86 Surprise with her son and relatives, but no baby L-120, confirming the loss. Our Orcas and our Salish Sea are indeed in dire straits. Continued here...
Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter - Ron Garner
Press Release: Ron Garner has been volunteering on San Juan Island since 1984! In the early years he and his late wife served with the National Historical Park as interpretive rangers. Ron taught junior high school in Ohio so they came out during summer vacations to work. In 1996 they settled here and he volunteered at English camp where he now is involved with the yearly encampments demonstrating blacksmithing, woodworking or pioneer life. He also marches with the National Park Service color guard.
Ron volunteers for The American Red Cross as a photographer and is the liaison between The American Red Cross and San Juan Island Fire Rescue. He also volunteers at the Life Care Center helping residents with their genealogies and is helping them run a garden model railroad. He has also volunteered at the library and with 4H.Starting in 1985 Ron was a volunteer with the Town of Friday Harbor Fire Department as structural firefighter and PIO/photographer. Then in 1996 he joined San Juan Island Fire Rescue. In 2006 he became head of the FireWise Program and brought it from four participating neighborhoods to forty- five neighborhoods including neighborhoods on Orcas Island, Lopez, Decatur, Johns, Pearl and Stuart islands. Continued here...
San Juan Island Real Estate Fall 2014 Summary
By Merri Ann Simonson, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc: In reviewing the year-to-date volume for 2014, the real estate market volume on San Juan Island reflects an increase of 33% for the period of January through September as compared to the same period in 2013. As for the number of transactions, the gain over the 2013 January through September was 28%. This strong increase is a good sign of recovery in our market.
Per the NWMLS as of October 15th, San Juan Island has a total of 390 listings for all property types, which includes the 34 properties under contract or 8.7%. The current inventory level is very similar to the same period last year when we had 389 listings with 30 under contract or 7.7%. The slightly higher percentage of transactions in escrow is another good sign. Our percentage of transactions in escrow is very similar to other second home markets such as Chelan County, which currently has 7.8% in escrow. Port Ludlow has 9.9% of their inventory under contract and in escrow.
Metropolitan areas such as Snohomish County and Seattle are in FULL recovery and have 34% and 44% respectively, of their inventory under contract and in escrow. Their recovery includes multiple offers and bidding wars, both of which can be very stressful on parties involved in the transaction.
Press Release from the San Juan Island School District: The San Juan Island School District has learned about the tragic school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, located in Snohomish County. Our hearts go out to the students and staff in the Marysville community. This brings to mind another example of concern about school safety and security. If you know of a student who needs help, please feel free to contact us on our safe schools reporting system located on our website at Safeschools Alert Reporting Link -https://sjisd-wa.
In addition, you can reach our schools at the following numbers:
District Office 378-4133
Friday Harbor Elementary School 378-5209
Friday Harbor Middle School 378-5214
Friday Harbor High School 378-5215
Griffin Bay School 378-3292
For emergencies please dial 911. Working together we can ensure our schools are safe for all. More here...
October Whales: Always a Surprise
Thanks to Monika Wieland of Orca Watcher for this post: We always say the peak whale-watching season in the San Juan Islands lasts through September. Once October hits, it seems we never really know what to expect. Sometimes the residents stay around still on almost a daily basis, and other times they become scarce almost as soon as the calendar changes. This year, in early October, we had J-Pod and part of K-Pod hanging around. On October 4th, I got to Lime Kiln just in time to see the second half of the group go north.
As the whales continued north, I was surprised by not one, but two, small groups of Pacific white-sided dolphins, or Lags. We've had small numbers of these guys around for much of the summer, and occasionally large groups of up to a hundred or more. They tend to be more common a bit further north in the Strait of Georgia and Johnstone Strait, but if they start hanging around here more often I don't think anyone will complain! These guys are awesome. Continued here...
One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer
By Merri Ann Simonson, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands Inc: Unlike liquor, your water source in San Juan County is not guaranteed and must be acquired and cared for.
When you first consider purchasing an unimproved parcel of land you should condition your purchase upon a satisfactory water source. Due to the risk of closing before the water source is determined, the days of clients purchasing land without the source are long gone. If one hopes to use institutional financing, the lender will require that the water source be acceptable in quality and quantity; in addition to a valid septic system permit and access to an electrical power provider.
The majority of non-platted parcels in the San Juan Islands are serviced by individual wells. Most subdivisions offer access to a community water system, and some urban areas offer public systems.
Types of water sources in the islands include:
Press Release from Deirdre Morris - Member, San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping: Last weekend, the Russian cargo ship Simushir, “carrying mining equipment and unnamed solvents, as well as hundreds of tonnes of bunker and diesel fuel” (according to The Canadian Press) lost power and was drifting toward Haida Gwaii (aka Queen Charlotte Islands). Fortunately, disaster was averted this time when a tug finally reached the disabled ship and towed it to dock in Prince Rupert BC.
In stormy seas and with emergency equipment miles away, the Haida people had reason to fear the worst. This time they got lucky. Accidents happen. Islands are precious. That’s why we would like to protect ours. With the proposed increase in shipping coal, crude oil, and natural gas through our island waterways (on tankers 2 or more times larger than the Simushir), are we just hoping to get lucky, too? Or will we be prepared?
If we are not able to prevent the shipping expansion, then we deserve the best protection we can get. Please ask our representatives for emergency response towing and oil spill response equipment and personnel to be stationed in our own County. Continued here...
Wednesday Night Karaoke With DJ XLCR
Come on down to Herb's Tavern and unleash your inner Rock Star, Country Crooner, or Soulful Balladeer! Drinks, Food, Billiards, plus Wednesday Night Karaoke with DJ XLCR (Aaron D'Errico) starting at 9pm. For more info, call Herb's at 378-7076. More on the Music Scene...
Alley Makeover Earns First Civic Pride Award
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: Town of Friday Harbor recognizes Steve Buck and company. Curb appeal is typically reserved for the front of buildings, but businesses on Sunshine Alley are taking a critical look at their side and backyards. Voluntary efforts to improve the alleyway began at the First Street entrance with improvements to the building housing Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. Their investment is being recognized with the Town of Friday Harbor’s first Civic Pride Award.
Steve Buck and Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc. replaced the exterior staircase, redesigned the basement stairwell entrance, and screened off mechanical equipment. The result is a fresh, clean entrance to Sunshine Alley that respects and maintains the historical value of the building.
Constructed in 1907, what is now recognized as the Buck Building was originally home to San Juan County Bank until Sam and Barbara Buck purchased the building in 1980 for their real estate company San Juan Properties, which later became an independent affiliate of Coldwell Banker. Much of the historic interior woodwork can be seen today thanks to careful preservation by Sam and Barbara Buck and Steve Buck. Continued here...
Help Local Artist Aaron D'Errico with His Goal to Make a Printed Comic of Soccer Superhero, Ammon Walker
From Kickstarter.com: goal is to produce and release the 22-page, full-color comic book/manga origin story of Ammon Walker: “The World’s First Soccer-Hero, seen in this Emmy winning Q-13 Fox Sports news segment.
Anything over that funding goal of $11,000 to make printed comics of Ammon goes towards making a narrated, animated and scored motion comic book of Ammon.
Making Ammon's story is a personal goal for many reasons. I created Ammon from a desire to play pro soccer for the Seattle Sounders FC, like my Father, USMNT Captain and original NASL Seattle Sounders first round draft pick, David D’Errico, despite me living with cerebral palsy effecting my legs.
That kept me from entering the King 5/Disney Seattle Sounders Super Search contest in 2009, seeking people to tryout for the new Sounders team, yet that contest gave me a great idea for a story of a soccer super hero I’d been developing since 1998. Continued here...
A couple of weeks ago we received this sad Canada Goose from the mainland that had been found stuck in tar. Thankfully she was able to be removed, but she still had a large amount of tar covering her feet, legs, and belly and she had become stuck to the box she was transported over in. To remove her from the box, staff had to cut most of her belly feathers away, and then we wrapped her feet to keep them from sticking to anything else.
We don't know how long she had been stuck in the tar, but she was also lethargic, dehydrated, stressed and had breathing problems, probably from inhaling the fumes from the tar. Over the next 2 days we worked to treat these problems and to gradually remove the tar a little at a time, without stressing her too much. But, despite our best efforts, her condition worsened, and by the third day we sadly decided that the most humane course was to put her down and end her suffering.
We sometimes get calls about animals that are oiled, tarred, glued, covered in paint, or stuck in miscellaneous traps and we can have success in helping them depending on the severity. Continued here...
OPALCO Broadband Unveiled
Press Release from OPALCO: Separate Entity to Deliver Internet Services to Co-op Members. At Thursday’s meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors, a motion was unanimously approved that includes a $7.5 million acceleration of our efforts to provide member Internet connections to as many members as possible – and, eventually, serve the entire membership. A new organization will be formed to deliver these services, separate in its finances and staffing. The detailed plan and presentation are available at opalco.com.
“The plan is do-able, well balanced and does not rely on OPALCO for all of the funds,” commented Board Member Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island. “I'm impressed with the inspired leadership of (Foster) Hildreth and (Gerry) Lawlor, their level of understanding of the problems ahead and their ability to pull it off.”
A rate schedule for member connections is now available online (islandnetwork.opalco.com/), beginning with basic Internet (10Mbps down/up data + home phone) services at $95 per month. Rates include a credit of $1,500 per member connection to help offset the initial costs.
OPALCO’s team has been out talking with Homeowners Associations to encourage neighborhoods to work together and share the cost of connection – the most cost effective way to serve the largest number of members. A map in the presentation shows more than 1300 members ready to subscribe as soon as services are available. The start-up phase of the project aims to connect 25% of our membership (about 2900 members) in the first three years. Continued here...
SJI Park Debuts Salmon Bank Webpage
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: Before there was the South Beach, known and loved by San Juan Islanders and visitors from around the world as a summer picnic ground and a spot to watch winter storms, there was the Salmon Bank. And for thousands of years, it was a place to make a living. Spanish explorers during expeditions up the Strait of Juan de Fuca conducted 1790-1792 reported "...an incredible quantity of salmon and numerous Indians."
Fifty years later, in October 1853, James Alden of the U.S. Coast Survey enthused about the maritime resources. "Salmon abound in great quantities at certain seasons of the year, when the water in every direction seems to be filled with them…The Hudson's Bay Company has a fishing establishment at San Juan … where I am informed they have put up this season 600 barrels of salmon. Continued here...
Corrections to KING 5 Story Regarding Ferry Reservations
Press Release from San Juan Islands Ferry Group: KING 5 produced a story October 14th about the vehicle reservation that begins soon in the San Juan Islands. There are two errors that has asked the station to correct. We’re sharing them with you here in the hopes of avoiding confusion.
Here is the text of the corrections that were sent to KING 5: In addition to Anacortes-San Juan Island and Anacortes-Orcas Island, we also will offer reservations from Anacortes to Shaw and Lopez islands, just not from Shaw or Lopez to Anacortes. Also, I wanted to clarify our no-show policy. No-show fees only apply when reserved travel is not completed on the same day and terminal as booked.
It is true that customers have until 5 p.m. the day prior to reserved travel to cancel or change their reservation. However, if a customer arrives late and misses the sailing they have a reservation on, then they may use their reservation on a different sailing within the same service day from the same terminal without being charged a no-show fee. Read the story from KING 5 here. More here...
$3,000 Soroptimist Fellowship Award
Press Release from Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor: Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is seeking applications for one of their premier awards, the Fellowship Award. This $3,000 award is open to local women established in business or profession, who wish to undertake advanced study at an accredited college or university. Ideally, candidates will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and present a study plan showing how an advanced degree will enhance her business or profession.
Candidates can download the application form at the Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor website. Please submit application packet to Joyce Sobel, P.O. Box 1223, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, by January 10, 2015. For further information, contact Joyce Sobel at email@example.com. More here...
Updated App Lets Public Report Whale Sightings
Press Release from NOAA: The free mobile application, Whale Alert, developed in 2012 to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the risk of injury or death from ship strikes on the East Coast, has been updated to Whale Alert 2.0 for use on all whale species on the East Coast, West Coast, and off Canada. The app uses Global Positioning System (GPS), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Internet, and NOAA nautical charts to provide mariners with a single source of information about whale locations and the conservation measures active in these locations.
Researchers Christin Khan, Timothy Cole, and Elizabeth Josephson of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)’s Protected Species Branch were part of the team that developed both the original and updated app. Most of their efforts focused on how the app would work and how it would be applied. (Thanks to James Mead Maya for the photo below). Continued here...
Town Announces Improvements to Evergreen Park
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: The Friday Harbor Town Council welcomes the public to enjoy the new walking path, picnic area and greenery recently added to Evergreen Park. The park is one of five parks within the Town, and is located off of Spruce Street on Green Way in the Greenway neighborhood.
“Sarena Schumacher has earned a special thanks from the Council and the community for the design and labor she put into this park,” said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson. Schumacher is an employee of the Town. Mr. Wilson added that the Council is actively encouraging the community to share ideas for additional improvements to the Town parks. Town parks are open to the public during daylight hours. Click here for a link to a map of Friday Harbor parks. The public is invited to suggest additional enhancements, please contact Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator (360) 378-2810, ext 226 firstname.lastname@example.org. More here...
Southern Residents and Chinook Salmon: An Undeniable Link
Thanks to Monika Wieland of Orca Watcher for this post: As another summer whale-watching season winds down here in the San Juan Islands, it's an appropriate time to reflect on how these whales are doing. Last year, we had an all-time low in both salmon numbers and whale visits to inland waters, that left many of us wondering what this year would bring. There was an undeniable sense of relief that we had the Southern Residents around a lot this year- no more stretches of days and weeks without whales as we experienced in 2013. Still, despite some proclaiming that this summer was "just like the good ol' days", it really wasn't.
While the number of whale days spent in inland waters was certainly up, the amount of pod-fractioning hit an all-time high. We had different groups of partial pods around on almost a daily basis for a while. Yes, there were whales around to watch on most days this summer - but often it was a group of a dozen or twenty whales, rather than 40 or 50 whales or all 79 together in a superpod (by my unofficial count, we only had all matrilines of all three pods in inland waters at the same time on three days this summer). Continued here...
Power to the Puffins!
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: It's been a long time coming, but Washington State is in the final stage of deciding whether or not to list the Tufted puffin as a state endangered species. Tufted puffins used to breed at 43 different nesting colonies in Washington State. Now they are found at only 19, and the state's population is 1/10th of what it was in 1984.
Tufted puffins have been candidates for listing in Washington State since 1998. But you can't move from candidate to listed species without a formal scientific status review. Since the Department of Fish and Wildlife didn't have the resources to write the status review, nothing happened for a long time. Then SeaDoc stepped in. We knew it was important to get the status review written so that the State could eventually create a recovery plan for puffins. So in 2010 we raised money from private individuals, with gifts ranging from $100 to $23,000. (Crowdfunding before crowdfunding was cool.) Continued here...
Marina Reconstruction Underway
Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: The Port of Friday Harbor Marina began the final phase of reconstruction on Monday, September 29th, 2014. This $3.9 million dollar project will involve the removal of 90 old wooden pilings and the installation of 54 steel pilings plus replace the wooden floats for C, E and F docks with new monolithic concrete floats. Another important element will be the upgrade to the power, water and fire systems on C, E and F docks.
Work will also include replacing rotten pilings on J and K docks. Construction services will be provided by Manson Construction based out of Seattle and the work is anticipated to continue through December 2014. All year-round moorage customers will be accommodated elsewhere in the marina during the construction period. For questions contact Tami Hayes at (360)378-2688. More here...
Soroptimists Seeking Applicants for $4,000 Live Your Dream Award
Press Release: Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are now offering a $4,000 cash grant to women seeking financial assistance for educational or training expenses. Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families, and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training, can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards).
After Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor provides its $4,000 cash grant to its award recipient, they may advance to the Soroptimist Northwestern Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates nationally with three finalist $10,000 awards. Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, transportation costs, or any other education-related expense. Continued here...
Whale Watch with J34
Thanks to Monika Wieland of Orca Watcher for this post: On Saturday, with some friends and family in town, we decided to head out on a morning whale watch trip with Western Prince. With all three pods hanging out on the banks the previous evening, I was worried they might all head out west and leave, but was thrilled instead to hear the news that whales were spread from Eagle Point to Hannah Heights as we left the harbor.
It was a beautiful day to be on the water, and fun to see some of my favorite spots from the water after spending so much more time on shore these days. Here's Cattle Point with harbor seals and cormorants on Goose Island in the foreground and the Olympic Mountains in the background (below left). As we pulled out into Haro Strait, the whales were suuuuuper spread out - one here, one there - and seemingly all foraging. Continued here...
San Juan Island School District Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on K-12 Education Funding
Press Release from Rick Thompson, Superintendent: On September 11, 2014 the Supreme Court of Washington found the state in contempt because the legislature has failed to submit a plan to fully fund basic education as required by McCleary vs. State of Washington. This means that the legislators’ “paramount duty” has not been fulfilled as required by the state constitution. However, the Court has ruled that sanctions will be withheld to allow the legislature time to develop options.
While many legislators are anxious to address our needs, others are claiming that because of the separation of powers, courts have no power to require that legislation be passed. It is not clear which point of view will prevail.
Over the last several decades, Washington State has moved from fourth to forty-seventh in school funding. Our community has met this challenge though generous support of school levies to the maximum allowed by law. Further, we have strong support through our Community Foundation, Schools Foundation, Island Rec, Purple and Gold, our Arts community and many others. We have forged a private/public partnership that is as extraordinary as it is unique. Continued here...
New Fire Engine for SJI Fire & Rescue
Press Release from San Juan Island Fire & Rescue: Steve Marler receives the first of six new fire engines from General Fire Apparatus on Friday morning, September 12, 2014. The engines were built in Lyons, South Dakota by the Rosenbauer Corporation and sold through General Fire Apparatus of Spokane, Washington. General Fire has been distributing fire engines since 1957. The new engines will replace five fire engines which are nearly 30 years old and satisfy an insurance industry requirement that penalizes policy holders when a community’s fire engines are more than ten years old.
By retiring a bond debt ahead of schedule, the fire district was able to purchase the new fire engines without asking the voters to raise their fire tax. Two of the older engines will be located on Shaw Island to help improve their fire suppression capabilities and to provide a shared emergency reserve engine for use on Orcas, Lopez, Shaw and San Juan Islands. The other three engines eventually will be sold as surplus property. Continued here...
WA State Art Grant for IMA
Press Release: The Washington State Building for the Arts advisory committee has selected the San Juans Islands Museum of Art (IMA) as one of 14 non-profit organizations from a field of 50 applicants. IMA placed number 6 out of the14 in their rankings of “desirability”, and incidentally, number two of those with an Arts orientation. The award can mean a $650,000 grant toward finishing the visual arts museum currently under construction. The list of recommended recipients will now be sent to the legislative branch for consideration in the upcoming capital budget.Ranking criteria include the ability to complete the project expediently, the organizational capacity to run the facility effectively, community need, and availability of other funding resources. Continued here...
Construction of Third Olympic Class Ferry Moves Forward
This week, The Washington Dept. of Transportation signed the Notice to Proceed document for construction of the third Olympic Class 144-car ferry. Work will begin late this year. Along with the Tokitae and Samish, this vessel will replace the 1950s-era Evergreen State Class ferries, which are approaching the end of their service lives.
The third, unnamed ferry will be constructed at Vigor Industrial by a consortium of Puget Sound shipbuilders and subcontractors and is expected to be complete in early 2017. You are invited to submit your ideas for the name of the newest ferry by Sept. 12 to the Washington State Transportation Commission.
WSF has a total budget of $383.6 million to build three 144-car ferries. The Tokitae, the first 144-car ferry cost $144 million. Samish, the second 144-car ferry cost is approximately $126.45 million. The lessons learned from construction of the first ferry, minimal engineering design, reduction in contingencies, and economies of scale reduce the cost of the second vessel. More here...
New Home for Animal Shelter
Press Release: The is very pleased to announce the kickoff of a capital campaign to raise funds for a new animal shelter facility on San Juan Island. The project, “New Home – New Hope” was formally announced to the community at last Sunday’s ‘Wags to Riches’ event, and the initial response has been extremely positive.
The project started as a vision of the executive director, Leslie Byron and the current board president Jaime Ellsworth. Two years ago, the dream became a necessity when APS was made aware that the current property lease with the Port of Friday Harbor would more than likely be shortened from 20 years to 5 years. With the deteriorating conditions of the current shelter building and the future loss of the current property lease it was decided by the APS board to start searching for a new location and build a new facility.
The project was able to move forward with a very generous donation to APS by Robert and Rebecca Pohlad in honor of their German Shepherd ‘Luca’. The donation was substantial enough to purchase property for the new building. After an extensive search for suitable property, a 5-acre parcel was purchased very near the existing shelter at 994 Cattle Point Road. Continued here...
Appointments to National Monument Advisory Committee Announced
12 locals have been appointed to an advisory committee by the Secretary of Interior. President Obama asked the Secretary of Interior to create an advisory committee to provide "information and advice" on the development of the San Juan National Monument's management plan.
While purely advisory, the committee forms an important channel to help ensure that the community's dreams for these lands are reflected in and supported by the management plan. The Bureau of Land Management recently announced the names of the initial committee members (and the interests they were selected to represent):Michael Carlson (Private Landowners)
Learning More about Stranded Killer Whales
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: Recently SeaDoc and collaborators from the University of British Columbia and SeaWorld released a revised killer whale necropsy protocol. The original protocol, written in 2004, helped to increase the number of complete examinations performed on stranded killer whales around the world by 20-fold.
The new protocol further standardizes sample collection, identifies current researchers that can help analyze samples, and provides detailed directions for doing things like examining killer whale ears for impacts of sound (as seen with sonar or other acoustic trauma).
Veterinary pathologist Dr. Steve Raverty, a faculty member at the UBC Marine Mammal Research Unit, says, "Thanks to research over the last decade, we now have a better understanding of how sound can damage whale ear structure and this data has informed the protocol. When we examine a dead whale, we now have better tools to determine if it got stranded because of a blast or a sonar incident."
Killer whale strandings are as rare as hen's teeth, so every killer whale stranding represents an opportunity for researchers to learn more about the species. The new necropsy protocol improves our ability to capture as much information as possible from each killer whale stranding event. Continued here...
Letter to the Editor From Wolf Hollow
We were recently asked by a concerned private citizen to reach out to the community to explain what to expect from Wolf Hollow when someone calls us to report a stranded Harbor Seal pup. We are more than happy to do so and we hope this message will help everyone understand the complexities of the situation.
Harbor Seals, being marine mammals, come under the authority of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and are covered by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which makes it a federal offence to touch, harass, injure or feed any marine mammal, including Harbor Seal pups. Wolf Hollow staff and volunteers have no more authority to rescue a seal pup than has any member of the public. We are not permitted to go out and check on the pup, or bring it to the center for care.In San Juan County the only people who can respond to a stranded seal pup are county, state or federal government officials such as rangers within their parks, and the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Continued here...
Town Cracking Down on Trespassers at Trout Lake
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: Trout Lake is an environmentally sensitive area consisting of approximately 600 acres that supplies the drinking water for the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town has recently installed security cameras to monitor activity at the Trout Lake Dam and to regulate access to the Town’s water shed.
Town officials were greatly disturbed to find evidence of significant trespassing activity at the lake which was detected with these security cameras. People have been photographed with their horses, dogs and apparently have been swimming in the lake; all in violation of posted NO TRESPASSING signs at the locked gate.
“We understand that Trout Lake is a very beautiful and pristine area, but has remained so because it is a protected watershed where access is restricted” said Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator. “The State Department of Health and the Town are extremely concerned about this unauthorized intrusion into the watershed, especially during the summer months when the fire risk is so great.” Continued here...
Listen to The Whales
The hydrophone node at Lime Kiln State Park is located just southwest of the Lighthouse in about 7 meters of water. The current dual-hydrophone system began streaming live sound on May 14, 2007. The hydrophones were wired up by Val Veirs and attached to existing moorings during a SCUBA dive by David Howitt and Scott Veirs. Continued here...
Brickworks Mortgage Paid Off in Full
Press Release from the San Juan Island Ag Guild: It is with deep gratitude that the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild announces that it has achieved its major goal of paying off the remaining mortgage on its downtown Friday Harbor Brickworks property.
Reaching this goal was the culmination of a long journey that followed the initial purchase of the property in late 2010, with a Washington State grant of $365,000 and a federal USDA grant of $100,000 joining some $228,000 in private donations. The Ag Guild then embarked on a major community-wide fundraising effort to support the dream of completely repurposing the property as a permanent home for the San Juan Islands Farmers Market. Over subsequent years that dream, which became the Brickworks Project, increasingly captured the imagination of the community as a whole.
“What we came to experience was an amazing blending of community-wide passion, persistence, generosity and commitment,” said Susie Wampler, Ag Guild Board chair. “Though the odds initially seemed daunting, we strongly believed in the worthiness of the cause. We believed that if we built it, they would come. And come they did, with donations ranging from $5 to over $100,000 added to over 35,000 hours of volunteer time and the gift of many talents.” Continued here...
Why Do Harbor Seals Swim Upside Down When Foraging?
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: The answer can be found in a new species profile of the harbor seal, just published in the online Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. (Look for the answer on page 8.) This species profile, written by Jacqlynn Zier and Joe Gaydos, captures the state of knowledge about harbor seals in the Salish Sea. The 55-page profile includes detailed information on diet, mating, pupping, diseases, toxin exposure, rehabilitation techniques, and much more.SeaDoc's summer research interns did the bulk of the work on this project over the course of 3 summers. They combed through over 115 published papers and reports to create a single authoritative resource for any scientists or citizens working on harbor seals or, probably more likely, working on other issues such as rockfish or salmon recovery where they need to learn more about the role of harbor seals in the Salish Sea. Continued here...
Local History Essays Published on HistoryLink
Press Release from Sandy Strehlou Historic Preservation Coordinator, Town of Friday Harbor: Thanks to local San Juan County writers who, in partnership with HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, have launched the "writing our history" project. This project will add our own stories to HistoryLink.org, written by our own local writers, and will be available to more than 5,000 students, teachers, journalists, scholars, government and business researchers, tourists, and general public who come to HistoryLink.org every day. Several new articles have recently been published.
A history of Friday Harbor’s namesake, written by the late Brenda C. Pratt and originally published in the San Juan Historical Museum’s 2003 newsletter, is now included in the People’s History Library on HistoryLink.org. Her article, Thank God It's Still Friday!, can be read here...Pratt’s research authenticates our most storied place name: It is possible that Friday's name was Poalima. He was born on Oahu, in 1830, according to the 1880 San Juan Island Census. His Hawaiian name has been written as "Poalie," though this word has no meaning in the Hawaiian language, and therefore was most probably "Poalima," which translates as "Friday." This would have been his only given name due to his class in Hawaiian society. During his employment with Hudson's Bay Company from 1841 to 1860, he is referred to as "Friday" only. Brenda Pratt. Photo above: Friday Harbor, 1906 J. A. McCormick, Courtesy UW Special Collections. Continued here...
Check out this cool time lapse video made by Chris Teren of Teren Photography of an hour long ferry trip from Anacortes to Friday Harbor.
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