What to expect Feb. 26 - March 12 on the Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project

What to expect regarding the Tucker Avenue Reconstruction project in Friday Harbor for the weeks of February 26 through March 12, 2018.

The Town of Friday Harbor truly appreciates everyone’s patience while we work through this project. A project manager/inspector will be available to any address concerns. Do not hesitate to contact the Project Inspector, Frank Baublits, at [email protected] or (360) 461-2338. You may also contact Town Hall at (360) 378-2810 with questions or comments. Construction updates will be posted as often as possible.

Project task(s): The Contractor will be mobilizing equipment and locating utilities on both sides of Tucker Avenue from Harbor Street to University Way.

Street Closure: There will be alternating one-way traffic on Tucker Avenue between February 26 and March 12.

The northbound lane between Harbor Street and Larsen Street will remain closed beginning March 13 through the duration of the project. The Southbound traffic on Tucker will be diverted around the work or stopped entirely when road crossings are performed. Flaggers will be on-site during. There will be times when the Contractor needs use of the southbound lane and vehicles may experience short delays.

Local access will remain open at all times, however neighbors of the project should anticipate short delays during certain portions of construction. The Contractor is making every effort to not be disruptive to the residences in the area.

Detour: The detour route will remain in effect for the duration of the project. The detour route is posted on the Town website at www.fridayharbor.org and available at Town Hall. The Contractor will have appropriate detour signage in place. The detour route for this project is Carter Avenue to Larson Street to Tucker Avenue. The public is reminded that the detour route is considered part of the project zone.

The Town recommends that vehicles traveling to or from the north end of San Juan Island consider using Egg Lake Road to Beaverton Valley Road to Guard Street to help ease congestion and wait times on Tucker Avenue.

Safety: Pedestrians and motorists should exercise common sense and caution. Be aware of equipment, construction workers, trucks and construction materials. Make sure you are seen while moving within the job site and abide by flagger instructions. The detour route is through a residential zone with school and apartment facilities. Be cautious of children.

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Letter from SJISD Superintendent to Community

Greetings Students, Teachers, Parents and Community Members:

This letter is to provide meaning as to why am I looking to leave the San Juan Island School District. I have reached a time in my life that I feel the need for a change both personally and professionally. I am looking for a new challenge in a district that align with my strengths. I am selective about my applications and would be pleased to continue as your superintendent, if the right job isn’t available. I will continue to work for the students and families in our community to the very best of my ability by focusing on the district’s shared vision, mission, values and goals.

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AAP Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

Statement released Feb. 15, 2018: ​​"Yesterday just before the dismissal bell rang, 17 children and adults were shot and killed and 15 were injured inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We find ourselves once again filled with grief and horror, and we mourn alongside all those impacted by the shooting. As our hearts are in Parkland, our eyes are on Congress.

"This is the eighteenth school shooting in 2018, the equivalent of one every two and a half days so far this year. Shootings have an indelible impact on entire communities, on the families who lost children and loved ones, and on the children who survived. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Newtown. Orlando. Las Vegas. And now, Parkland. Children are dying from gun violence and Congress is failing to act. Every one of our 100 U.S. senators, and all 435 U.S. representatives bear a responsibility to take meaningful action to protect our children, our families, and our communities. Our elected leaders cannot continue to fail at this most essential task.

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SJI PHD meets Feb. 26 and 28

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold a Special Meeting/Worksession from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 in the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor.

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Field carrier landing practice schedule at NAS Whidbey Island Feb 26 - March 4, 2018

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., Monday, February 26 thru Friday, March 2, 2018. No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field, the week of February 26 - March 4, 2018.

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Volunteers sought to join SJI Fire Dept Major Emergency Response Team

The San Juan Island Fire Department’s Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) is looking for volunteers to assist in our island’s welfare by collecting and coordinating the exchange of information during major emergencies, such as earthquakes. Although this may sound intimidating, the only requirements are living within walking distance of a fire station and not volunteering for another emergency service entity. 

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