Coast Guard seeks mariner input for Pacific Seacoast study

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements in the Pacific Seacoast System. The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will review the short range Aids to Navigation (ATON) system that covers American waterways from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and the Marianas Islands.

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Master Gardeners assist Town in rain garden clean up

Town employees and volunteer WSU Master Gardeners recently completed Phase One of the rejuvenation of the Spring Street rain garden located at the northeast corner of Spring and First Streets. Phase One involved removing 25 five-gallon buckets of silt, removing and cleaning river rock, pulling weeds and unhealthy plants, and cleaning out the catch basin. Phase Two will include replanting the garden this spring.

(L-R) Jon Gustafson, Alison Longley, Megan Jones, Sarena Schumacher, and Julia Turney. Not pictured, Caitlin Blethen Photos by Matt Pranger

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The world congratulates the 100-year-old Finland by lighting up in blue and white - Almost 30 countries and 50 sites

Finland’s 100 years of independence is celebrated this week with blue-and-white light shows across Finland and in almost 30 countries around the world. The excitement has been gathering pace up to the last minute, and 50 iconic venues and buildings across the globe will be illuminated with blue and white lights in honour of Finland’s centenary of independence.

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Soroptimists Accepting Applications for Educational/Training Awards

The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor are currently accepting applications for their “Educational Opportunity” and “Fellowship” awards. Eligible women who are residents of San Juan County are encouraged to apply. The $2,000 Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman in financial need, who is enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program. The $3,000 Fellowship Award is for a woman who has been established in business or in another profession, and who is now returning to college or university to earn an advanced degree.

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Second suit filed in carbon monoxide deaths

Another wrongful death civil suit was filed in San Juan County Superior Court regarding the deaths of Troy Sullivan and Kelli Ashcraft from carbon monoxide poisoning  earlier this year.  Brook Ashcraft, sister of Kelli, and Thomas Ashcraft, uncle and administrator of the estate of Kelli Ashcraft, filed the complaint for damages against Kelli's parents, Edward and Tami Ashcraft,  JRL II (DBA Jim's Heating) and Inter Island Propane. 

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