Wind storm takes power out for more than 6K county residents

OPALCO CREWS RESOLVE OUTAGES QUICKLY Big winds hit the islands on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 leading to a number of power outages in the islands. The largest outage occurred on San Juan Island when a tree was blown into the transmission lines near the Pear Point substation where OPALCO’s power comes ashore from the submarine cable that delivers power from the mainland. About 6,000 members were affected. OPALCO line crews had the power up in less than three hours.

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PHD votes to help fund Planned Parenthood

By a vote of three to one with one San Juan Public Hospital District Commissioner absent, the PHD approved a resolution that gives $40,000 of tax revenue to Friday Harbor Planned Parenthood. The impetus behind the move to help fund PP, was due to religiously-based restrictions on reproductive healthcare available through Peace Health Peace Island Medical Center. PHD negotiated with PIMC to get back $50,000 a year for two years to be used for needs that aren't covered through PIMC.

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Sheriff's Log - May 17-23: Boat sinks, Fire truck hits car; dog kills chickens, cyclists climb on top of fuel tanks....

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 176 calls from May 17-23, 2017 including one involving a rowdy group of bicyclists. A Lopez Island deputy responded to a report of a group of ten bicyclists that had scaled the fence at Richardson Fuel and climbed onto the fuel tanks. They were gone when the deputy arrived.

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Hostel opens in Friday Harbor

New lodging has opened up in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. San Juan Island Hostel located on Argyle Avenue next to the Fitness Club, the facility has a variety of dorm-style set ups. Private rooms have one twin bed and one full bed. Coed dorm rooms have three twins and one full bed. Group room has four twins and two full beds. Men's dorm has four twin and two full beds, while the Women's dorm has three twin beds and one full bed. 

Women's Dorm room

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Free Willy's connection to Friday Harbor Planned Parenthood

Finding funding for projects sometimes requires extra creativity. That was the case in the 90s  when Planned Parenthood was in need of funding for a clinic in Friday Harbor. StudioCanal Regency Enterprises was filming "Free Willy" in the bay by Florence Harrison's San Juan Island home. She had a long history of community action, and donated the fees she received from the production company. 

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Almost 13 tons of big items picked up in Town's Spring Clean Up

The Town of Friday Harbor had its first Spring Clean Up event during the week of May 15 through May 19, 2017. The program was designed to help regular refuse customers get rid of larger items that would not fit in their garbage cans. This was a free program approved by the Mayor and Council to help jump start the residents’ own household spring cleaning.

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SJISD 6th-graders moving on up

San Juan Island School Board ended the suspense and approved moving the sixth-grade from Friday Harbor Elementary School to the Middle School. In January, a committee presented numerous reasons for the move. In addition to the advantage of being able to provide age-appropriate resources, the move would also alleviate an acute space shortage at the elementary school.

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