With orca mother no longer carrying dead calf, Greenpeace calls for greater efforts to protect endangered orcas

After 17 heartbreaking days, Tahlequah (J-35), the orca mother who captured the world's attention, has finally stopped carrying her dead calf through the Salish Sea off the Pacific coast of Washington and British Columbia. In response, Greenpeace USA released the following statement calling for greater efforts to protect endangered Southern Resident Orcas, of which only 75 remain. Scientists have also been tracking J-50, a 3 ½ year-old member of the same pod who is sick and at risk for an early death.

Arctic Sunrise stopped in Friday Harbor earlier this summer. Sharon Kivisto photo


J-35 releases her dead calf

The Center for Whale Research saw J-35 vigorously chasing a school of salmon with her pod-mates for half a mile in  mid-Haro Strait Saturday afternoon, August 11. She was  no longer carrying the deceased baby that she had carried for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles.

 "The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness," said Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research.


Updates on J50: Still with her pod

J50 was observed for several hours Saturday by the team of scientists and veterinarians involved in trying to help the three-year-old emaciated whale who is a member of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale pods.  Researchers from University of Washington, while trying to collect a fecal sample, observed her swimming with the pod.


Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands: July 24-31: nude sunbather, boat on rocks, email scams and more....

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 244 calls from July 25-31, 2018 including: San Juan Island deputies responded to a report of a nude sunbather at Jackson's Beach. A Deputy on Orcas Island took a report of a phishing scam email using Apple, Inc. The reporting party was advised to watch for fraudulent activity with their accounts.


Field Carrier landing practice schedule at NAS Whidbey August 13-19, 2018

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There is a change to the aircraft carrier-based flight training operations, which are scheduled to occur at Ault Field the week of August 13-19, 2018. Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations on Friday, August 17 are scheduled for Ault Field for the afternoon only, not mid-morning. All other operations scheduled for Ault Field remain the same for that week. There are still no FCLP scheduled at Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. during that week.


Updated vote count: Ramel in 2nd place in 40th District race by 14 votes; Franco third in 2nd District race by 31 votes

Alex Ramel gained another 402 votes, after more than 2,000 additional ballots were counted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in San Juan County. Updated totals on the Secretary of State's website show him in second place in the Top Two Primary Election for state Representative for the 40th District. The incumbent Kris Lytton chose not to run for re-election after 10 years in the state legislature. She had accomplished her major goals. 


New Teachers at Saint David's Day School

Saint David's Day School has added two teachers to its staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

Danielle Niichel is a Child Psychology graduate of Western Washington University; she will be our lead classroom teacher for the coming school year.

Alana Huntemer comes to us from the Early Childhood Education program at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA. She will serve as an Assistant Teacher.

Danielle and Alana join a highly experienced teaching staff that includes Head of School Margaret Barker and Assistant Teacher Kim Erickson.

Saint David's Day School is a 4-hour preschool for children ages 3 and 4. It offers many activities both indoors and outdoors, providing opportunities for children to play, create, discover, explore, and develop important social skills In addition to our regular daily specials of yoga, cooking and music we will be coordinating with the Family Resource Center this year in a new program to promote the development of empathy in children.

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Update August 9 on efforts to assess/medicate J50

A foul odor noted when taking a breath sample from J50 a few weeks ago triggered NOAA's efforts to help J50, the three-year-old emaciated member of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population.

J50 when she was six-months-old July 2015. Photograph by Naturalist Clint "Showtime" RIvers, Eagle Wing Tours, Victoria, BC courtesy of PWWA

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