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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...
Public Invited to Weigh in on Friday Harbor’s Future
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: Four week survey underway. The Town of Friday Harbor is asking for the public’s participation in a short survey intended to help identify the perceived image of the town and provide direction for marketing the town as a place to live, grow your business, start a new business, and vacation. The nine question survey is available through the Town’s web site at www.fridayharbor.org, and at bit.ly/branding-fh through October 15, 2014. Anyone with an interest in Friday Harbor should take part in the survey; it is not limited to county residents.
The survey is conducted by Roger Brooks International, the company selected to help coordinate the Town’s Branding and Marketing initiative. “These survey results from the public will be the foundation of our project” said Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator. “The input we receive will be instrumental in focusing our efforts going forward.” Contact: Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator 360) 378-2810, ext 226 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fall Ferry Schedule Begins 9/21
Washington State Ferries’ fall schedule begins Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. Please check the or pick up a schedule at the terminal or on the vessels. The new schedule has the typical reduction of five-boat service to four-boat service and only one daily international sailing to Sidney B.C. The peak season surcharge is in effect through Sept. 30. More on the WSF website.
Audubon Birder's Weekend
Press Release: September means birds in migration and a great time to see birds passing through and arriving for the winter. To celebrate, San Juan Islands Audubon is offering a boat trip and two field trips.
Lopez Trip Saturday, September, 27: Meet at the Lopez ferry dock at 9:30 and the trip ends about 1pm. San Juan Island Sunday, September, 28: Meet at The Whale Museum 8:15 and will end about 11:15 am. As usual, we will be carpooling, dress for the weather, bring sack lunch or snacks and your optics. Both field trips are free.
Islands Boat Trip, Sunday, September 28: and leaves Friday Harbor at 11:30 am and will be out about three hours. Price is $70. You must register ahead as seating is limited. Call Barb Jensen, 378-3068 for information or if you are going to attend so we can keep track of numbers and for car pooling. You just never know what we will see! More 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...
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...
Federal Money for Marine Mammal Stranding Response
Press Release from The SeaDoc Society: August brought great news. The Whale Museum and SeaDoc have received federal funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Assistance Grant. These funds, administered through the Whale Museum, will support marine mammal stranding response in San Juan County and will help pay for trainings, laboratory space, boat operation, disease diagnostics and so much more.
The mostly volunteer-based marine mammal stranding network plays an important role in keeping healthy stranded animals safe from dogs and humans, transports animals in need of rehabilitation to the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and studies important diseases that can impact marine mammals or even domestic animal or human health. Continued here...
Savor the San Juans 2014takes place October 1-31. Come savor the San Juans during the entire month of October when the 7th Annual ‘Savor the San Juans – A Month-long Medley of Food, Farms & Art’ takes place. This movable feast for the senses pulls together all of the elements of a memorable post-summer vacation getaway, including winemaker's dinners, harvest festivals, farm tours and events, and specials at some of the finest lodgings and restaurants in the “gourmet archipelago.”
Movies in the Park 2014
Saturday evenings in August and September, beginning at dusk, in Sunken Park come enjoy Island Rec’s FREE Movies in the Park. The series features Ogre, Shrek, The Sandlot, Ghostbusters, Secondhand Lions, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and finishes with Newsies.
Movie themed costumes are encouraged and there will be fun contests and prizes! Come high five your neighbors and friends for this wonderful community event that is enjoyed by everyone.
Go to www.islandrec.org or call Island Rec at 378-4953 for more information. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. No alcohol please. Sponsored by FANS - Families and Neighbors support Island Rec. More here...
Farms Art Show at WaterWorks Gallery
WaterWorks Gallery is pleased to present the art of Art Hansen and David Ridgway who both share a love of the land, notably the farms of the Skagit Valley. Reception for the artists: Saturday, September 13, 4-7 PM. While each artist paints the farm from an intimate close-up viewpoint and off in the distance, both Art and David’s vision convey that illustrious place farms hold in our imagination and the actual physical landscape.
Farms represent the way food is grown, the way farm machines work the land and how these human interaction affects the land. David’s freshly painted oils displayed with Art’s watercolors dating from 1990’s - 2010, all work to create a unique and exciting visual representation of farms. Continued here...
Benefit Gala for Dave Hall
Press Release: Long time islander Dave Hall, has cancer. You know him as the owner of Island Glass and an all around nice guy. Or you know him from cutting his hair for the Terry Ogle Benefit. The expenses associated with his cancer has caused his friends to organize a fundraiser. The Benefit 4 Dave Hall is on Saturday, October 4 from 5-10pm at the Fairgrounds. BBQ Dinner with music by the Rocky Bay Boys, Silent and Live Auctions and dancing to the J-Bots Band.
There will be face painting for the kids and Snooky Tarte's beautiful blue ribbon quilt will be raffled. If you are interested in raffle chances for Snooky's quilt tickets are available at Island Glass on Beaverton Valley Road, Mon-Fri 9-4pm. Auction items are appreciated.Don't wait to get your tickets...they are limited. Event tickets are $25, Kids are $10 (under 10) and available at San Juan Coffee (Cannery Landing) The Toy Box on First Street, The Pebble on Spring Street, Spa d Bune on Mullis Street, Browne's Nursery and Island Glass on Beaverton Valley Road. Everyone welcome! Follow Benefit 4 Dave Hall on Facebook for the latest. Continued here...
New Calf for L Pod
Center for Whale Research has reported that there has been a new calf born to L pod. L86 was seen September 6th by CWR staff with a brand new calf who will be designated L120. This is the first new calf in the Southern Resident Killer Whale population since 2012. Photos taken by Dave Ellifrit, CWR. More here...
Sucia Island Work Party a Success
FRIENDS of the San Juans Press Release: Friends of the San Juans wishes to thank the 29 volunteers from Orcas, Lopez, San Juan, and Shaw Islands as well as LUSH Seattle store volunteers who participated in a shoreline work party at Fossil Bay on Sucia Island.
Following a beautiful boat ride to Sucia and an overview of the value of beaches to surf smelt and salmon everyone got right to work clearing litter from over a mile of beach; conducting 5 surf smelt egg surveys; and removing rock from 1,500 square feet of surf smelt spawning habitat.
The Fossil Bay beach is one of the latest identified as smelt spawning beach in San Juan County. FRIENDS and Washington State Parks are working together to develop multiple shoreline projects on Sucia Island including: improving fish passage by reconnecting a salt marsh to the marine environment, unburying beach habitat at a newly documented surf smelt spawning beach and visitor interpretation on the important role Sucia’s shorelines play in supporting marine food webs for seabirds, salmon, and orca. Continued here...
2014 Relay For Life Friday Harbor
San Juan County Fairgrounds at 846 Argyle Ave. September 27, 2014 3:00pm to 11:00pm. 2 pm - Survivors Reception. The One More Time, the 40’s big band, will open the event at 3 pm with Duncan Wilson as MC and disc jockey. Already signed on are 6 teams and 33 participants and more signing on daily. 50 cancer survivors from both San Juan and Orcas Island will be in attendance. Join them in fighting back cancer!
Some of the Other Entertainment: Ferah Bukay and Amy Lopez will perform Egyptian, Turkish and Belly Dances. Folklorica will perform traditional Mexican Dances. Some of the Items for Silent Auction: Altier Hair Salon, San Juan Safaris – private boat charter, Western Prince - whale watch tickets, San Juan Fitness, Even Song Hand Crafted Soaps, Hand-Made Jewelry, Museum of Flight, Richard Uri – Personal Trainer, Classical Guitar or composition lessons, San Juan Island Suites – room night, Elvis Photo 1956 ($750 value!) and tons more. Continued here...
Legendary Western Director Andrew McLaglen Dies at 94
Andrew V. McLaglen; whose work in American westerns on television and in the movies is on display at the Palace Movie Theater in Friday Harbor and starred such notable screen legends as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, James Arness and James Stewart; died on Saturday, August 30th at his San Juan Island home. He was 94. Our condolences to his children, Josh McLaglen and Mary McLaglen, his family and friends.
San Juan Island Garden Club is Hosting an Excursion to the WSU Display Gardens
Join the The San Juan Island Garden Club on a day trip to The Volunteer Display Gardens located on the grounds of WSU Mount Vernon. Date: September 20, 2014. Depart: 8:05 Ferry. Return: 4:45 Ferry from Anacortes. Cost: $30 for mainland transportation. Additional costs will be the return ferry tick and lunch. A stop at the Market in Anacortes will be made to acquire lunch.
The WSU Display Garden provides inspiration for all. The gardens occupy about 10 acres of land, and are maintained by volunteers from several western Washington gardening groups. The purpose of the Garden is to provide educational opportunities for the public through viewing and hands-on gardening experiences. Stops will be made at other nurseries and farm stands as time allows. Come join SJI Garden Club for a fun filled day. For additional information please visit www.sjigardenclub.weebly.com/excursions. More here...
Letter to the Editor - My Vote for Ron Krebs for Sheriff
Letter to the Editor from Fred Yockers: I am voting for Ron Krebs for San Juan County Sheriff. My support for Ron stems from several direct experiences. I would like to explain.
I first came in contact with Ron as a Middle School Parent approx. 6 years ago, during my tenure as Drama Instructor at Friday Harbor Middle & High School. His concern, kindness and unconditional support for his kid made a huge impression on me. I did not know him as a Sheriff, but as a parent who wanted to connect with his kid. This he did, and over the next several years, I observed significant and positive motivational changes in the student. I have known many “Drama parents” in my 27 years of residence here and Ron remains one of the most committed to the success of his kid[s].I am voting for Ron because I believe in his ability to “police” our community - to lead by example - to show compassion - understanding - restraint - and at the same time, be a tough cop. We met for lunch several months ago [my request] and had an excellent conversation about the role of a Sheriff in a small community as we have. Continued here...
Write: Doe Bay
Press Release: Write: Doe Bay at Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island, October 9th-12th, 2014. Join the 4th writers workshop with 3 best selling authors and known musician to learn or enhance your craft in writing. $625 (which includes meals lodging and workshop). Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island is known for its rustic charm, world class farm-to-table café and its annual music festival. For the past two years, something else has grown on the resort’s pristine 38-acres: a boutique writing workshop drawing first-class talent to aspiring and seasoned writers. And, like the annual music festival, tickets always sell out.
Event creators Jesse Michener and Jennifer Furber met at Doe Bay Fest in 2012 and put their talents to work crafting a workshop that’s as heavy on inspiration as it is on technique. Continued here...
New 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. here...
Agreement Reached in Teacher Bargaining
09/01/14 Press Release from Rick Thompson, Superintendent: To the San Juan Island Community: The San Juan Island School District is pleased to announced that a collective bargaining agreement was reached this evening with the San Juan Education Association (teacher's union). The agreement was collaboratively developed over the last several months and provides for additional teacher compensation, along with district support for technology training and for the new teacher evaluation system.
This means that school is will be in session tomorrow, September 2, 2014, for all staff and students. We thank everyone for their patience with the bargaining process. Any questions can be directed to Rick Thompson at 378-4133. More info here...
Drift Card Drop Will Study Oil Spill Impacts in the Salish Sea
Friends of the San Juans Press Release: Plywood drift cards stamped with “this could be oil” were released this week in an experiment to simulate the dispersion of an oil spill from Kinder Morgan’s planned $5.4 billion pipeline expansion project that would increase tanker traffic from 5 ships a day to 35 ships per day through the San Juan Islands. These wooden cards were put into high current areas as part of a scientific study to effectively model the likely path of oil in the event of a major spill.
Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of FRIENDS of the San Juan’s, dropped some of the pink cards on Wednesday, August 27 with Seattle area store managers from LUSH, a project sponsor, who relies on seaweed harvested in the Salish Sea for some of their skin care products. The location of this drop was just off Stuart Island close to where tankers would transit. Another 200 cards were released in Rosario Strait on Tuesday. People who find the cards are asked to report the date and location on www.salishseaspillmap.org. Continued here...
Totem Pole Journey Blessing Ceremony Comes to San Juan Island
08/31/14 UPDATE FRIENDS of the San Juans: On Friday, Aug. 29th a big crowd of community members gathered at English Camp on San Juan Island to welcome and bless the Lummi Nation's Totem Pole that is traveling along fossil fuel export routes to bring awareness to the issues the Lummi's, and all of our communities, are concerned about in regard to the many proposed and expanding fossil fuel export projects in the US and Canada.It was a very inspiring and special night. English Camp was the site of one of the largest long houses in the Salish Sea and is a sacred place for the Lummi Nation. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support. See more photos of the event here...
Press Release: On Friday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m., FRIENDS of the San Juans is hosting a public introduction and benefit in support of “Our Shared Responsibility: A Totem Pole Journey” at English Camp on San Juan Island. This is a special opportunity for community leaders, people of faith, and local activists to learn more about this year’s journey and how they can stand with the Lummi community in support of their work to stop the Gateway Pacific coal terminal and fossil fuel exports that threaten sacred tribal sites. 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...
CenturyLink Faces Penalties for November 2013 Service Outage in San Juan Islands
Press Release: OLYMPIA, Wash. – On August 19th, 2014 the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) released its investigative report on CenturyLink’s November 2013 voice and data outage in the San Juan Islands. In the report, state regulatory staff recommend the commission order more than $170,000 in penalties against the company.
A penalty would be in addition to credits, totaling $271,000, that the company credited to the accounts of customers affected by the outage. The company has also committed more than $500,000 for system improvements to ensure back-up service in the event of a future outage.
UTC staff initiated the investigation to look into the cause of the outage, the company’s emergency preparedness and response, restoration efforts, and communication with the public.
The investigation found that the 10-day service outage resulted from a severed underwater fiber cable that separated the Friday Harbor switch from the CenturyLink network. The investigation also concludes that the company violated state laws and rules related to major outages, as well as, requirements for communicating outage information to the public. Continued here...
Blair Avenue Improvements Construction Update
Press Release from Mike Carlson Enterprises: To the citizens of Friday Harbor and San Juan Island: This summer our crews have had the privilege of completely reconstructing Blair Avenue. Blair Avenue provides access to Friday Harbor High School, U.S. Post Office, Islanders Bank, Douglas Strandberg Law Offices, Higginson-Beyer Law Offices, Dr. Jerry Wickman DC , The Tooth Ferry and Tia’s Tacos. We want to sincerely thank all those affected by our work for your patience and tolerance in putting up with this major construction project all summer. Every person in our company cares about the folks who work at and do business with those establishments located along Blair Avenue.
Like a home remodel, there can be un-expected conditions within a reconstruction project like Blair Avenue Improvements. Our crews have had to uncover, remove and replace generations of both active and abandoned utility piping, conduits and wires often inter mixed with roots, clay, rocks and other unsuitable materials. It is extremely difficult to predict how long it takes to do this type of work safely and without causing interruptions to other utility services. These conditions have adversely impacted our schedule in spite of the fact the project is otherwise going very smoothly.Here is a rundown of how we are scheduling to complete the remainder of the project:
Two Heron Releases
Within the past few weeks we have successfully rehabilitated and released two very different herons. The first to be released was a young Green Heron that was found, weak and thin, in a park in Burlington in late June. It was a youngster that was just growing in feathers and still had grey down sticking out all over its head and back. Green Herons are small (only ~ 18 " tall when fully grown), so we started by offering it small fish pieces with forceps and in water in a dish.
At first it wouldn't take the pieces so, several times a day, we had to carefully open its mouth and pop pieces in. This continued for 4 days, then suddenly it got the hang of it and started to pick up fish pieces and other food from its dish and swallow them down. Soon all of its feathers grew in and it was moved into an outdoor enclosure where it spent most of the time hiding among the tall grasses. After ~ 4 weeks it was able to fly and was released in a nice marshy area near Burlington. Continued here...
UPDATE: Prairie Stewardship Planning Process
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: Over the past three years, San Juan Island National Historical Park has sought public input for the Draft Prairie Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. This has been conducted through a series of public scoping meetings, workshops, and an education symposium.
The park is proposing to restore a functioning native island prairie ecosystem at American Camp on the southern end of San Juan Island and at English Camp's Young Hill.
There have been many public concerns and issues raised regarding this planning effort. These comments and concerns are summarized in documents available on the NPS PEPC website: Prairie Stewardship Planning Homepage. All of these comments are being considered in the formulation of alternatives and the draft environmental impact statement. The next step in the planning process is to publish the Draft Prairie Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. Continued 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...
Town Increases Parking Time to 8 Hours for 22 Spaces
Town of Friday Harbor Press Release: In response to requests from the business community, the Town of Friday Harbor has temporarily re-designated 22 parking spaces in the downtown core from 2 hour to 8 hour parking. With the busy visitor season upon us, it was becoming increasingly difficult for employees and owners of downtown businesses to find eight hour parking in close proximity to their job. The Town had agreed to investigate some alternatives to relieve the parking problems in the in Friday Harbor’s core.
The areas where parking times have been extended are on the north side of Court Street adjacent to the old Courthouse and on 1st Street north of Court. The Town has also requested that County employees utilize the county parking lot to free up many spaces on 1st currently used by them. “If we all cooperate with each other, we can assist shoppers and businesses alike in preserving parking on Spring and lower 1st Street” said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson. “We are asking that employees search for parking on Court and upper 1st before parking in the downtown core.”In July the Council gave the Town Administrator the authority to temporarily increase parking hours during the summer months to help employees find long term parking. The current modifications will last through September and will be reviewed by Council for its effectiveness. 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)
Check out this cool time lapse video of the nearly full moon passing overhead Stuart Island! It was shot on August 8, 2014 between 12:30am and 2:00am by Chris Teren of Teren Photography.
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...
5th Annual Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In Photos
It was a beautiful day for a Fly-In on Saturday, July 26th! Thanks to Steve Brandliand see more about the Fly-In
Dramatic Landing at Friday Harbor Fly-In
Press Release from San Juan Island Fire & Rescue: San Juan Island Firefighters assisted with the removal of a plane from the runway at the 5th annual Friday Harbor Airport Fly-In on Saturday, July 26th. The pilot indicated that a complete electrical failure prevented him from lowering his landing gear. The pilot and two passengers were not injured.
There was no leakage of fuel. The pilot indicated that while it will be expensive, the damage is repairable. Congratulations are in order for Firefighter Ian Paterson, who was acting as the officer of the first arriving engine. Later, Lieutenant Goddu assumed command to complete the process of lifting and moving the aircraft off of the runway. Airport staff and Island Towing were essential components of this successful operation.
Cultural Landscape Restoration Continues on American Camp Prairie and Mt. Finlayson
Press Release from SJI National Historical Park: San Juan Conservation Corps and park staff will be clearing young trees and woody vegetation from south slope of Mt. Finlayson. Work is under way at American Camp as the next step in the Cultural Landscape Restoration moves forward. The park will be removing a stand of young Douglas fir that has encroached on Mt. Finlayson and Grandma's Cove area. There are approximately 300 trees in the stand which will be removed by mechanical methods and chipped on site.
The most significant threat to the integrity of the cultural landscape at American Camp is encroachment of woody vegetation onto prairie land, which is altering the historic relationship between the camp and the natural landscape. The removal of the Douglas fir trees is just one component of the long term Cultural Landscape Restoration Plan. To learn more about the cultural landscape at American Camp and prairie restoration in general visit us here. 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...
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...
Early Morning Fire Erupts at Sunshine Laundry
Press Release from San Juan Island Fire & Rescue: At 2:32 AM Tuesday, July 15 a neighbor made the call to Dispatch who alerted San Juan Island Fire Rescue of a fire at the Sunshine Laundry on Web street in Friday Harbor. Three engines and the Rescue unit responded as well as EMS. There were 14 firefighters, four officers, and three EMTs plus a Paramedic who ran the rehabilitation unit for the firefighters. OPALCO was there to shut off power to the building.
Smoke was showing in the back corner of the approximately 40' X 60' building. Hoses were brought in and the fire was quickly extinguished. No adjacent buildings were affected although the guests of the hotel above Funk ‘n Junk were evacuated for a while until it was determined that it was safe to return. Continued here...
Mar Vista Property Owner fined $79,000 for Illegally Clearing Shoreline
Press Release from the Dept of Ecology: A property owner who cleared shoreline vegetation along the west side of San Juan Island faces $79,000 in fines for state water quality and shoreline violations and an order to restore the damage.
The Washington Department of Ecology has issued two penalties and a corrective action order to Orca Dreams, LLC for removing at least 80 trees from 1.25 acres of shoreline last fall.
“State law does allow for responsible waterfront development,” said Doug Allen, manager of Ecology’s Bellingham field office. “When the law is clearly violated, however, it’s our responsibility to take action, to protect shorelines and to be fair to property owners who abide by necessary permits.” 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...
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...
Evergreen Ferry Takes it's Last Trip
Say Goodbye to the Evergreen State Ferry
On Sunday, June 29, the Evergreen State will make her last trips before being retired on June 30, 2014. Members of the community are welcome aboard the Evergreen State for her final two sailings in the San Juan Islands. The ferry’s last inter-island sailing leaves Friday Harbor at 11:35 a.m. with stops in Orcas, Shaw and Lopez before returning to Friday Harbor. Her final journey as the oldest member of the WSF fleet will be the 2:15 p.m. departure from Friday Harbor to Anacortes. Walk-on passengers ride for free on both sailings, standard fees apply for vehicles. Private boats are welcome to escort the Evergreen State from a safe following distance.
The Evergreen State Ferry was built in 1954 in Seattle taking only 11 months. When it entered into service, it was the largest, most modern ferry in the fleet at 310' long and holding 87 vehicles max. The ferry's open girder texas deck was rumored to have been accidentally installed upside down. The decision to plate over the deck in 1988 turned out to be problematic, making the Evergreen State top-heavy. To rectify the problem, WSF was forced to remove all "non-essential" weight, which meant creating a false ceiling in the passenger cabin. More here...
Your Fire District, Your Property Taxes, Your Fire Insurance Coverage, and You
Press Release from Steve Marler, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue. That’s the name we use to describe what is actually San Juan County Fire Protection District # 3. The fire district was created by the voters in 1958, and serves San Juan, Brown and Pearl Islands. While the Town of Friday Harbor is not within the fire district’s boundaries, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue provides fire protection for the town through a mutually beneficial contract. The district also provides wildland fire suppression services to the non-ferry served islands via a contract with the Department of Natural Resources.The majority of the funding to support the fire district comes from property taxes. State law limits a fire district like ours to a maximum tax rate of $1.00 for each $1,000 of property value. However, since the district was first formed, the Fire Commissioners have worked hard to limit expenses and keep the tax rate as low as practical. Currently, property owners pay approximately $0.58 per $1,000 of their property’s value. : Continued here...
Orca Sing 2014 Video
Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. This year’s event was the 15th annual and took place on Saturday, June 21, 2014. More here...
New Mobile App Helps Anglers Know Where to Go
Press Release from NOAA Fisheries: Planning a recreational fishing trip involves more than just checking the water and weather conditions. It also requires knowing the fishing regulations. For Harry Carpenter, a long-time southern California saltwater angler, navigating the network of marine protected areas meant visiting a number of government websites and referring to printed state and federal rulebooks. He thought there must be an easier way.
Last year, Carpenter launched a free mobile app called FishAlerts! to put accurate information about marine protected area (MPA) boundaries at anglers’ fingertips. In 2014, his company—Great Outdoors Mobile, Inc.—was awarded a grant through the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund to enhance the functionality of the app.
The FishAlerts! app allows anglers to accurately view their location on a map in relation to MPA boundaries. “Anglers want to fish safely and abide by the rules, but there are no lines in the ocean,” says Carpenter. “Using the latest technology, we’re allowing anglers to access this critical NOAA information on their cell phone or tablet from their home, dock or boat.” Continued here...
State Launches New Boating App
OLYMPIA – Boaters who want to find out where to launch their boats or tie up for a weekend on the water can do so now through Washington Water Cruiser, a new app launched by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).
The app, for Apple and Android devices, is free. It maps all state-owned boat launches and moorage sites open to the public, along with amenities for boaters at each site. Get the app for Apple devices at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/water-cruiser/id791731884?ls=1&mt=8, for Android devices at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geoengineers.wawatercruiser and on the Web at watercruiser.smartmine.com.
“This app brings together information from three state agencies,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office. “It has information on boat launches, moorage slips and pumpout locations, in both eastern and western Washington, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Recreation and Conservation Office.” Continued here...
Have You Ever Seen a Sora?
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: This bird was caught by a cat on a horse farm near Mount Vernon and taken to the pet Emergency Clinic. Wolf Hollow volunteer Ann Tanner picked up the bird and sent it over to Friday Harbor on the ferry. It had a small wound on its wing but was otherwise uninjured. We administered antibiotics to prevent possible infection from the cat's teeth and claws.
Because Soras are shy birds that usually hide among the rushes in wetlands, we housed it in a large tub with plenty of hiding spots. It showed no signs of infection or other injuries, so after a few days of antibiotics it was returned to the mainland and released close to where it had been found. This was only the third Sora we have cared for in our thirty-one year history!
San Juan Island Sunset
Check out this sunset video taken out at South Beach on San Juan Island in March.
Latest News on the Spring Street Landing Building
Press Release from t Port of Friday Harbor: The Port Commission held a Special meeting the evening of March 17th to decide on the architectural design of the Spring Street Landing Building. The Port’s architect, Peter Brachvogel with BC & J Architects, presented to the public audience several roof profiles compared to the old Downrigger’s roof line. He pointed out that the new building’s perpendicular orientation to the street will provide improved views through the site.
After listening to public comments and discussion amongst themselves, the Commission approved the building design that they believe meets the community’s desire for a traditional form. They further directed Mr. Brachvogel to return with drawings illustrating this decision for the Commission to review. Commissioner Chair Mike Ahrenius reiterated to the audience the Commission’s priorities for this project: improve pedestrian and public access to the waterfront, consideration of view corridors, and to recover the previous restaurant and retail space.
Computer-generated drawings are here: March 17, 2014 SSL Building Approved and SSL Building roof profile. Building materials such as siding and windows will be decided at a later date. Continued here...
San Juan Islands Video Cruising Guide
Local liveaboard cruisers Darren and Lisa O’Brien have created a new series of video cruising guides showcasing the Washington Marine State Parks in the San Juan Islands.
Washington State Parks Cruising Guide DVD Vol. 1 – San Juan Islands contains over 90 minutes of footage, detailing the approaches to each park, amenities and facilities, hiking trails, and more. The video format allows for a far more immersive experience than is possible in a traditional cruising guide. The videos are well done, thoroughly researched, and fun to watch. Below is Darren and Lisa’s take on Blind Island State Park. 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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